The Plough Community Campaign submitted a bid to purchase the Plough in mid-August. This was based on a professional valuation of £435,000, which also included the third car park adjacent to the sports ground. They were informed by the agents that the third car park had been taken out of the sale but we stood by our bid. In discussions with both the agents and Enterprise Inns, they were asked whether the bid could be increased to match one which was ‘significantly’ higher.
It seems that Enterprise Inns will go with the higher offer. We do not know the identity of the other bidder but Enterprise have said it is someone who wants to reopen the pub and someone with a track record in the industry.
Despite the fact that The Plough Community Campaign seems to have reached the end of the road, the campaigners would like to thank everyone who has supported them and those who pledged to invest in a community pub. Local people have shown great support for the Plough. This possibly persuaded other investors that it can be a viable pub and a great local. When the campaign began in June 2016, the original slogan was ‘Save the Plough’ and it looks like this has been achieved. If we had not successfully campaigned against Sainsbury’s application for the change of use, the pub would have been lost forever.
The Plough Community Campaign would like to thank everyone for their support throughout a long and challenging campaign.