REGULARS: Friends of the King’s Head formed the Hadstock Community Pub company to buy their local
The property company that owns the 17th century King’s Head has called time on the plan and says the pub will close and be boarded up if it is not sold by the end of the month, leaving landlord David Taylor and his 18-year-old son Jamie homeless.
The village had formed the Hadstock Community Pub (HCP)company whose chairman Derek Bushell said they had raised £60,000 and had been seeking grants and loans to find the rest of the £215,000 price they had agreed with the owners Rambo Limited.
Mr Bushell added: “What we’re looking for is a fairy godmother. In other villages someone has come in to buy the pub and sell it on to an organisation like Hadstock Community Pub.”
Mr Taylor said that on December 22 he had an email from the pub management company Measured Solutions asking why he had not responded to a solicitors’ letter saying the pub would close on January 7.
“I got that on the 22nd and two days later everything shut down for two weeks,” Mr Taylor said. “All the village needs is time. I managed to get a stay of execution until the 31st.”
Mr Taylor, who has been at the pub for five years, said Measured Solutions’ managers had been doing their best to broker a deal. He added: “The village has been doing everything in their power to raise the money.
“I moved 13 times in 11 years before I came here. By no means do we make a fortune, but it’s home – that’s what this place has been to us.”
Mr Taylor has had to look at other pubs to take on because he, Jamie and their husky Rosco will be homeless if the King’s Head is not saved, but it upsets him that the village organisations, including the pub’s five darts teams which did not exist before he took over, will have nowhere.
He is also concerned for the building which he says has had nothing spent on it so needs repairs and he fears that if the pub remains empty and unheated for any time, the listed building will deteriorate.
An attempt earlier this month to get a lower price, because the pub has been on the market so long and has deteriorated, was rejected by the owners, who also told HCP they were in discussions with property developers.
Measured Solutions declined to comment.