Group support campaign to keep popular Soham pub in the community instead of it becoming a house

A community is rallying to save the Carpenters Arms pub from being turned into a house despite it be

A community is rallying to save the Carpenters Arms pub from being turned into a house despite it being on the market for two years with just three viewings. - Credit: Archant

A community group in Soham has backed a campaign to save a pub from being turned into a house.

The Carpenter’s Arms has planning permission to turn the setting into a house after the business was on the market for two years with just three viewings.

Campaigners from Thift Community Land Trust say that the drinking hole would be a ‘huge loss’ to the town and that it is an ‘important venue’ for the community.

They are now urging people to come forward and support their campaign by completing an online questionnaire.

It comes as district councillors met last week to discuss turning the establishment into an asset of community value (ACV).


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East Cambs District Council confirmed that they had received the ACV application, with a decision set to be made in eight weeks.

In a statement from Thift, it reads: “Thrift Community Land Trust for Soham believes this would be a huge loss to Soham. It has been a popular traditional pub and we believe with the right help it can continue to provide an important venue for the community.

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“We want to find out the level of support from the local community to keeping the pub open as a community pub.

“We have set up a questionnaire on our website www.thriftsoham.org.uk asking as many people as possible to complete this so we can determine the amount of public support before considering looking for funding.

“If readers want to support keeping this lovely old pub, a free house, open please complete the questionnaire and tell all your friends and fellow drinkers.”

Thift provide and manage high quality and energy efficient affordable homes for local people.

The Carpenter’s Arms is one of just four pubs left in Soham but despite massively dropping its price tag from £495,000 to £375,000 the owner says he has had little interest.

If it were to become an ACV, it would join around 1,200 pubs across Britain that are run by local groups.

Following the meeting with other district councillors last week, Councillor Ian Bovingdon said: “There are quite a few people saying that with all the new developments in the area there are not enough businesses such as the pub and it would be nice to keep it.”

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