Ship Inn purchased
Stroud District Council recently announced that it has bought The Ship Inn at Brimscombe.
The purchase is subject to contract and should be completed next month.
The 18th century pub stands alongside the route of the Thames & Severn Canal and also alongside the Brimscombe Hill road.
A fantastic opportunity
Andy Nash, the council’s Head of Asset Management explains… “Our plans for redeveloping Brimscombe Port involve opening up the canal and building a new bridge over the canal and River Frome. Both of these projects may need small pieces of land occupied by The Ship Inn.
Buying the pub was a fantastic opportunity, giving us flexibility in planning these things and also avoiding the possibility of expensive compulsory land purchase in the future.”
The pub to remain open for the foreseeable future
Cllr Martin Whiteside, ward member for Brimscombe & Thrupp has some more good news; the council intends to keep the pub open for the foreseeable future.
“Retaining the pub is important for Brimscombe. Buying it shows how the council can proactively stimulate redevelopment. It is also another step in regenerating the Port.”
Landlords David and Christine Collins of the Ship Inn (left)
serve Cllrs Martin Whiteside and Steve Lydon of Stroud District Council
(Photo by Theseus Lythgoe)
Homes & Communities Agency investment
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) helps create successful communities by making more homes and business premises available to the residents and businesses who need them.
With a £2m investment from the HCA, together with £1m of its own money, Stroud District Council is currently working on plans to build the road bridge, reinstate the canal and create a new access off the A419. These measures will help create an attractive and viable site ready for further investment by a developer.
The finished scheme should see a redeveloped port basin, around 200 waterside homes, new jobs and a new community centre with café and other facilities for both local residents and visitors.
The Ship Inn is currently owned by Enterprise Inns and has been run for over 20 years by landlords David and Christine Collins, who intend to retire in the near future.