Campaigners battling to protect a 450-year-old pub for future generations have been boosted after moving ‘one step’ closer to their goal.
A planning application to demolish the Raven Inn in Glazebury, on Warrington Road – which closed as a pub last year – was formally withdrawn by Osborne and Co in March.
The developer had proposed to build 10 houses on the land.
But campaigners, including Peter Sturman, are not letting up in their fight – and have been boosted after being accepted as members of the Plunkett Foundation.
The foundation has supported almost 600 community businesses to reach trading stage across the UK.
In addition to developing and safeguarding valuable assets and services, the community businesses aim to address a range of issues including isolation, loneliness, wellbeing, work and training.
Mr Sturman said: “The steering group are pleased to say we have made one more step along the way to not only saving the Raven but, importantly, securing it for future generations.
“The Plunkett Foundation is a national foundation, which helps community businesses.
“It does so by means of support, networking, mentoring, access to appropriate specialists and access to potential grants and funding.
“Supporting community pubs forms a substantial part of their portfolio.
“They have already helped 38 community-owned pubs.
“They have a 100 per cent success rate – not bad considering just about all of those were previously failing or closed pubs.
“Irrespective of what may or may not have happened with the Raven in the past, we are slowly but surely moving towards the Raven for the future.”