St Albans community pub campaigners still waiting on response

King Offa pub, St Albans

King Offa pub, St Albans - Credit: Archant

Campaigners fighting to keep a pub in community use after it closes are still waiting to hear if their bid has been successful.

Cottonmill Community Group want to see the King Offa pub in Wallingford Walk remain open and switch to community use in the period between its closure - which will not be for at least another three weeks - and its demolition to be replaced with affordable housing in around two years time.

But although they hoped to get a response to their proposal from the council this week, all they have been told is that the council will take vacant possession of the pub towards the end of September which means the King Offa will remain open for several weeks to come.

The community group has also learned that three proposals and an expression of interest have been received by the council but they have not been given any indication about what they contain.

Spokesman Chris Gilroy said: “They [the council] have been evasive through the whole process although we have been pushing to get positive dialogue.

“We are trying to do what we can in the way of lobbying and raising the profile but without any feedback or information from the council, it is frustrating.”

Anyone wanting to contact the community group can email and they can also be found on Facebook.