Public urged to show support at meeting to save Reed pub

PUBLISHED: 12:01 24 November 2017

Save The Cabinet members and supporters, left to right, Edwin Kilby, Judith Nicholson, Talena and Paul Cuthbert, Nick and Katie Smith - former owners  in the 1990s, and Dale Ingram. Picture: Clive Porter

Save The Cabinet members and supporters, left to right, Edwin Kilby, Judith Nicholson, Talena and Paul Cuthbert, Nick and Katie Smith - former owners in the 1990s, and Dale Ingram. Picture: Clive Porter

Clive Porter

The campaign to save Grade II-listed The Cabinet at Reed from being turned permanently into a house has been given a boost by the parish council.

The authority has decided to consult parishioners on the possibility of borrowing money from the Public Works Loan Board to buy the pub if it comes back on the market, and there will be a public meeting at Reed Village Hall in Blacksmith’s Lane from 8pm on November 29.

Planning permission for change of use of the pub had been rejected by North Herts District Council, and this is currently being appealed by the owner.

Mike Howes, chair of the Save the Cabinet Action Group – which runs regular pop-up pub nights, including the latest one on Saturday which raised £800 – said: “We welcome the initiative by the parish council to see if there is public support for buying the pub on behalf of the community.”

More information about the campaign, including how to donate, can be found at www.savethecabinet.uk.

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