Pub owner is keen to get it opened again

CONTINUED efforts are being made by the owner of an Aldwick pub to re-open the premises.

Enterprise Inns says it is committed to keeping The Ship Inn in business.

The company held the latest of its open days last Wednesday in the hope of attracting new tenants.

An Enterprise spokesman said: “We have been marketing the Ship as a business opportunity for the past eight months, both locally and nationally.

“It is always our aim to keep our pubs trading at the heart of their local community and we have been working with a temporary operator during this time.

“Unfortunately, they have pulled out and the pub is closed.

“However, we are actively recruiting for another interim operator and longer-term publican with the passion and drive to develop the business.”

The pub, in Aldwick Street, has become the subject of a campaign by its supporters to become an asset of community value.

This will give them the chance to buy the historic premises, believed to date back to about 1890, if Enterprise decides to sell it.

They have also formed a Friends group to try to keep the pub as

the hub of its surrounding community.

One of the campaigners, Phil Slader, used Aldwick’s recent annual electors’ meeting to publicise the activity and seek support. He said 396 people had signed the petition to get the Ship listed as a community asset.

He asked the parish council to allow the group to use its premises for meetings.

Council chairman Tony Poland said: “The council can offer space for meetings. Contact our clerk. That would be a possible way forward.”