Councillor calls for Bell Inn to re-open

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A HOOK Norton parish councillor has called on the owners of the oldest pub in the village to respect the wishes of the community and re-open it as an inn.

Roger Cooke, who lives in Hook Norton, made the appeal to owners Mr and Mrs Shapland who bought the Grade 11 listed Bell Inn in September last year and immediately closed it.

Mr Cooke said: “Closing a valuable community asset and refusing to communicate plans with the village hardly engenders confidence in what will happen in the future. We accept it was a run down building and needs work doing, but we would like the proper permissions applied for and then to see it re-open as a pub.” He added: “If they don’t want to do it they should sell it to someone else and give them the opportunity.


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