Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Forches residents occupy pub in demolition protest

10:58 17 February 2014

Angered residents are staging a direct action protest at the Borough Arms pub in Barnstaple

Angered residents are staging a direct action protest at the Borough Arms pub in Barnstaple


Angry locals ‘squatting’ in building after they found the keys in the door.

ANGERED locals have moved into a Barnstaple pub to make a ‘last stand’ against its demolition.

Four ‘squatters’ moved into the Borough Arms pub on the Forches Estate on Saturday, after builders apparently left the keys to the pub in the door.

They have hung a number of banners from the building and say they were angered by the decision and the advice they had been given as they looked to take control of the empty pub through the ‘community right to bid’.

One of the squatters told the Gazette this morning (Monday): “Everybody’s coming together. The council have cut corners and actively misled us and obstructed us in making a community bid.

“They have been really sly and we are seeking a judicial review.”

The protesters also said a rally was planned for later today (Monday).

Last week, district councillors voted to approve plans to replace the pub on Forches Avenue, Barnstaple with nine houses, two flats and 11 garages.

Julie Hunt, North Devon District Council ward member for Forches and Whiddon Valley, said she backed campaigners, although warned them to ‘be realistic’ and ensure no laws were broken.

“I’m all for what they are doing but they have got to make sure they are on the right side of the law,” she said.

“I can see where they are coming from but they have got to be realistic – someone has got to be found to run the pub and someone has got to be found to fund it.

“I am currently talking to the council’s planning department about a possible application for mineral rights at the site and also, to look into ownership of the car park area,” she added.


Other News Stories


Big Barnstaple protest march and rally as thousands show their support for local health services and say: ‘No cuts’

Read more

Online discount tickets on sale for now Round Table rugby club display

Read more

Mark Saunders have completed 3,500 mile journey for the See Hear Centre in Barnstaple

Read more

With Barnstaple & District Cats Protection

Read more

Market manager says improvements will make the Grade 1 listed building ‘fit for the next 50 years’.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:41

Will you be joining the big march through the centre of Barnstaple tomorrow (Saturday) to show your support for North Devon’s hospital services?

Read more
Yesterday, 15:19

The incident was reported at 2.40 this afternoon (Friday).

Read more
Yesterday, 11:33

Authorities set to investigate a pit that has opened up on a popular riverside walk

Read more
Yesterday, 10:57

County’s schools are ‘high performing’ but among worst funded in the country

Read more
Yesterday, 10:30

Elliott Gallery founder looks back on nine decades and ahead to the Braunton gallery reopening again

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 7°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up


Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications