Community working together in bid to save Liss Forest pub

By Post in Community News

STEPS are being taken by the community in their attempts to save the Temple Inn.

As previously reported, Fuller’s has put the pub up for sale with Savills, and a group has been formed by Liss Forest Residents’ Association to save the pub.

The group is now called Save Our Temple Inn (SOTI) and has seven committee members. These are the chairman, Matt Enticknap, Malcolm Buse, Julie Buse, Barry Gay, Ruth Taylor, Alex Baker and John Bean.

SOTI has supported Liss Parish Council in its submission to East Hampshire District Council of a request for the Temple Inn to be registered as an asset of community value.

Once the pub is registered as an asset of community value the community will have six months to work up a plan to save the pub before it can be sold to a developer.

SOTI has also conducted a survey of successful pubs, identified small pub chains in the area and contacted those chains to encourage them to consider the Temple.

The group has also maintained contact with the relevant planning departments to monitor any proposals being submitted, and looked at the viability of the purchase of the Temple by the community.

SOTI has set up an online petition to save the pub, and an online survey to find out residents’ views on the pub.

In the next few weeks the group will conduct a poster campaign in and around Liss Forest, and will distribute leaflets to all Liss Forest residents, enclosing hard copies of the petition and survey.

SOTI chairman Matt Enticknap said: “The asset of community value application will hopefully be approved in the next three to four weeks.

“We’ve launched the petition to demonstrate the strength of feeling that exists, and the survey enables the residents of Liss Forest and the surrounding areas to say what they liked and disliked about the Temple Inn and what they would like the pub to offer in the future.

“It is hoped we will disclose the results of the petition and the survey at a public meeting of the Liss Forest residents, possibly in June.”

To sign the petition to save the Temple Inn visit www.change.org/p/keith-budden-save-our-temple-inn and to complete the survey visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZR2JPQG