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Residents fight to save Three Horseshoes

 Published on: 20th October 2017   |   By: The Newsdesk   |   Category:

Campaigners behind a bid to buy a Letchmore Heath pub are “confident” of striking a deal – despite countering valuations of the property being “poles apart”. Village residents met at Aldenham War Memorial Hall on September 11 to discuss the future of the Three Horseshoes, which has been registered as an asset of community value by Hertsmere Borough Council. That status means that the owners of the pub, who have signalled their intent to sell up, cannot do so before December 10 unless it is to a community interest group. Aldenham Parish Council made this extended deadline a possibility by submitting a written request to be regarded as a potential bidder, an act which has kept the 400-year-old pub off the open market. Now local campaigners are in discussions on the purchase of the site, working through figures and possible management structures. One villager, Mark Lemon, told My Radlett & Shenley News that an overwhelming majority at the September 11 meeting were keen on retaining the pub as the “hub” of the village. He said: “We met to keep villagers up to date on where we are and try to find ways forward. It is a numbers game; if people are willing to put money in we will go forward. People who live in the village want to see it go back to how it was the hub of Letchmore Heath. A few of us have now decided to take action and put in the leg work. “We are over the moon that this part of the Localism Act has come in, it is perfect timing,” he added. “It is exciting and also educational. We are learning as we go along.” This is the first time a community asset listing has been triggered by possible sale in Hertsmere, though purchase depends on whether a deal can be struck between campaigners and the pub’s owners. By Adam Parris-Long  

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