A NEWLY-FORMED group in the Moorlands is poised to place a bid for a pub which dates back to 1783 with a view of making the building a community asset. The Royal Oak, located at 69 High Street in Cheadle, has been vacant for several years and community group “Friends of the Royal Oak” are now set to lodge a bid to buy the building and use it as a focal point for the people of the town. The organisation had a previous offer rejected but are set to submit a further one in the near future.
Cheadle Town Councillor and group member Jamie Evans told the Times and Echo: “We want to buy the Royal Oak as it is.
“Business plans are being put in place and we have a rough copy ready.
“It’s now about dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s.”
He went on to explain how the group have ideas to possibly implement a B&B upstairs while discussions are still on-going as to how, if their bid is successful, they would use the rooms downstairs to benefit the community with “lots of ideas” being suggested already.
Mr Evans added: “We want to be a charity in that all the money we receive would go back into the community.
“The support we have had from the community has been overwhelming, we appreciate every single person.
“We have the backing of some fellow Cheadle town councillors too.
“We are now looking into grants and which ones we think we should apply for.
“Also, we are hoping to appoint trustees and create a committee group going forward.”
Mr Evans said that Friends of the Royal Oak are always looking for more ideas and are recruiting people to get involved with the movement so the facility can be utilised “seven days a week” in the event of a successful purchase.
Anyone who would like to find out more about Friends of the Royal Oak and want to get involved can find the group’s page on Facebook at “Friends of the Royal Oak – Cheadle, Staffs” or can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Royal Oak is being marketed by Estate Agents Bury & Hilton as a “substantial Grade II Listed former coaching inn” with “spacious accommodation in need of renovation, but with enormous potential.” The current asking price is £330,000.
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