A questionnaire surrounding the possible future of a former pub in a Moorlands town has gone live online. The Friends of the Royal Oak have set up the consultation initiative to gage what the people of Cheadle would like to see happen to the High Street venue.
A questionnaire surrounding the possible future of a former pub in a Moorlands town has gone live online.
The Friends of the Royal Oak have set up the consultation initiative to gage what the people of Cheadle would like to see happen to the High Street venue.
A spokesman for the Friends group said: “This first questionnaire has really come about, because after months of deliberation and suggestions amongst ourselves, we needed to have an idea of what the public would support – both in regards to usage and financially.
“As a group we’re very happy with the number of responses we’ve received, in fact it exceeded our expectations tenfold.
“It’s shown us that without doubt, there is a real passion within the town to save the Royal Oak from development. Assuming a financially viable alternative can be figured out and the building can be brought.
“As well as giving us an idea of the level of support our internal ideas have, we’ve also received a number of alternate ideas through the questionnaire, that we’ll be going through to see if we can integrate them.
“At this stage we’re happy to consider all suggestions, but we have to ensure the project is something we can deliver.”
The questionnaire link can be found on the Facebook page (fb.com/royaloakcheadlestaffs) and will be active until 5pm on Friday, 26 March.
The spokesman said: “When the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, we do intend to have some face-to-face consultations at town events and will likely issue some kind of paper questionnaire, for those who don’t use the internet.”
The Friends of the Royal Oak are currently also waiting to see if their application for funding from the ArchitecturalHeritage Fund, has been successful – this matched funded grant would allow for a feasibility study to be drawn up.
The spokesman added: “The first batch of fund raising will be to raise this match funding, the town council have kindly already set aside £500 to help with this.
“The feasibility study will then be used to help establish the incorporated group, that could proceed with a purchase.”
If you would like to contact Friends of the Royal Oak directly, they can be reached through the Facebook page or via e-mail at email@example.com.
A website for the group will soon be established with the help of SoMarketing. At this stage, the group would especially like to hear from people interested in getting involved in working groups.
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