Following the visits of our local MP, Edward Timpson and the CEO of Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC), we have had very productive meetings with our CWaC representative as we collectively move towards an agreed way forward for the acquisition of the Golden Lion.
We are currently obtaining up to date valuations of the property, taking into account the building’s continuing deterioration and changes in the hospitality market. Once we have the valuations, we will be in a position to put in a realistic offer before the moratorium ends in November.
If our offer is accepted, we intend to fund the purchase from monies obtained via the Community Ownership Fund, a Share Offer and possibly the Public Works Board.
We have recently submitted an application to the new Community Ownership Fund managed by Central Government and we should hear if we are successful within the next couple of months. Once we hear that our offer has been accepted, we will launch a Community Share Offer, if you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive a prospectus at that time, please email the committee with your details.
We were very encouraged to hear this week that both the White Horse in Church Fenton and the Rising Sun in Woodcroft have successfully been reopened as community pubs due to the hard work of their local residents and campaign groups.
The GL committee are continuing their work to return The Golden Lion back to its former glory and we will continue to keep you updated with progress as it happens. The best way to follow progress is via our Facebook page but if you would like to receive email notifications let us know and we will add you to our list.