Pagham hotel is registered as an asset

CAMPAIGNERS hope the listing of a Pagham hotel as a community asset will help their work.

Supporters of the King’s Beach Hotel have succeeded in having it recognised as a significant building.

It has been included by Arun District Council in its register of assets of community value. Pagham Parish Council chairman Ray Radmall said he hoped the move would assist the efforts to stop the hotel’s ground floor being changed into a Co-operative convenience store.

“This is something the community are not happy with as shown in a large petition. We are here to serve the community,” he said.

Designating a building as a community asset provides six months for talks with its owner if it is to be sold to discuss alternatives.

Cllr Radmall said he was unsure if the King’s Beach on The Parade was being sold or rented out. But he believed the hotel’s new status would help the council talk with the hotel’s owner, Fuller’s brewery, and the Co-op to see if a bar could stay.

The King’s Beach was the only hostelry in south Pagham and was important for visitors to the area.

The shop plans are being considered by Arun.