Last Orders At The Albert Inn
7:47am 10th January 2014
An old Victorian Pub in Wyke Regis is closing today (Friday 10th January).
It was announced the Albert Inn was shutting its doors last year and residents have since been trying to get it secured as an Asset of Community Value.
That would give campaigners 6 months to raise the funds to keep it open before the site went up for general sale. The ACV right gives communities an increased chance to save much loved shops, pubs or other local facilities.
They had to apply to Weymouth and Portland Borough Council for the right to take it on, but they turned down their ACV request and there is no appeal process.
The Council says they made their decision on the grounds of 2 other pubs still running in the village nearby and that the loss of the Albert wouldn't deprive local people of an important resource.
Spatial & Community Policy Manager at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council Hilary Jordan told West Dorset CAMRA;
"The Albert lnn is one of several public houses in the Wyke Regis locality, the council was of the view that in its absence the local community would not be deprived of a resource of value to the residents and the local area."
Campaigning local residents say they don't know what will happen to the pub and fear it could be sold to developers who'll make it into flats.
Chairman of West Dorset CAMRA Dave Harris told us they'd prefer to keep it running as a pub that incorporates other local services for the village;
"We would like to see a vibrant community hub built there so people have more than the village shop and club to go to for life enhancement."
Mr Harris told Wessex FM he was disappointed with the Borough Council's decision but hopeful for the future;
"It might well be that the person who buys it continues to run it as a pub, we hope that might happen. It certainly happened elsewhere in Dorset recently, I think the Crown Inn in Sherborne has changed hands and is still being run as a pub."