Plans to reopen historic Lowick pub suffer setback

The steering group behind plans to reopen the Black Bull pub in Lowick has been disbanded.

Thursday, 4th February 2016, 10:54 am
The Black Bull at Lowick

The decision follows the resignation of Mark Dodds, a driving force of the project.

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Karl Crane confirmed his intention to re-open the Black Bull as soon as practicable, however, this is now likely to be based on alternative funding, rather than a Community Share Issue.

A statement from the Black Bull steering group said: ‘It has become clear from investigation and experience, that raising community and grant funding is extremely time-consuming and complex.

‘Many of these routes are therefore likely to result in costly and unacceptable delays to opening the business, which would not serve the best interest of those involved. Although there will be no need for future steering group meetings, the work and planning that has been done so far could be incorporated into the redevelopment and Karl is keen to benefit from skills that are available within the community; so as ever, ideas and volunteers are welcome. We wish Karl every success with the renovation works and look forward to the Black Bull re-opening.’