Unfortunately, it seems we have come to the end of the road in our attempt to save the Swan tavern.
With heavy heart, I have to report that scaffolding has gone up around the pub, and this noble Victorian building is in the process of being demolished.
This final act has come about after a protracted campaign to find an alternative to demolition. We explored a variety of options, with the most promising being the extension of the Ashburnham Conservation Area. Unfortunately the Council deemed that this would not be enough to revoke existing permission for demolition – a technical matter which we dispute, but we simply do not have time to resolve.
This battle is lost, but the war rages. Heritage buildings, and pubs in particular, are vulnerable to developers looking for a quick buck. We are not asking for a moratorium on construction, nor are we asking for streetscapes to be set in stone – we are merely seeking to preserve the nuggets of character that allow areas to remain vibrant and interesting.
We hope the fight to save the Swan has raised awareness of the issue, and we can assure you that there will be an extension to this campaign.