Support rallies to save the Windy
More than a hundred people turned out to meeting to discuss the future of the Windmill pub after its owner announced that it could be redeveloped into flats if a buyer did not come forward.
The popular local has been on the market since the spring and is currently for sale for £495k, but owner Mike Cranney has so far failed to secure a buyer.
Tessa Fitzjohn, a local resident to the Windmill, organised the meeting on December 2 to rally support for saving the pub.
She told the Voice: “[The turnout] was amazing – over 100 people attended. Everyone was enormously enthusiastic. People were really interested in how it would work. But we have to move very fast and make an offer very soon.”
As a result of the meeting, a working party has been set up with the idea to establish a ‘community benefit society’ which would raise funds to afford the pub through community shares.
The idea was inspired by a group which used the model to save Bristol Ferry Boats in 2013.
Speaking to the Voice following the meeting, Mr Cranney said: “We’ve been doing our best to try and sell it, and if that’s not possible, then we only have redeveloping it as an option.
“Ultimately, people would like to save it and I understand the emotion, but we need to be realistic.
“I can’t just close it and wait for a buyer.”
At the time the Voice went to print, Mr Cranney was due to submit an application to the council to redevelop the pub into flats.
If interested in supporting the campaign to save the pub, email: firstname.lastname@example.org and join the page: facebook.com/savethewindmillbristol
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