At the Warbleton Parish Council (WPC) meeting on Friday 23rd April, the Councillors agreed to activate the 6 month Full Moratorium on the sale of the Horse & Groom Rushlake Green. This was in response to a request from the Rushlake Green Community Action Group that has been put together to gather support and funds to purchase the H&G property, to protect it from potential future conversion from a pub to another use, as has happened already to a several pubs surround the village. Wealden District Council (WDC) have confirmed receipt of the Parish Council’s request to trigger the (full) moratorium regarding the Notice of Action for The Horse and Groom Public House. For more background on this, see the article in the Village Leaf website.

Reminder of the background.
On 12th March, Wealden District Council received a notice from the owners of the H&G that they were intending to sell the Horse & Groom property.  Theakstones the owners were obliged to inform WDC because the pub had been previously registered by the WPC as an ‘Asset of Community Value’ for which legislation provides a ‘Community Right to Bid’. The interim moratorium on the sale was due to end on 24th April.

The resolution at the WPC meeting on Friday 23rd April triggered a 6 month moratorium period, during which the Rushlake Green Community Action Group will have the time to cremates the necessary Community Interest Company, and raise funds for a bid to purchase the pub for the community. Wealden District Council had given notice that that if a community interest group indicates to the Council in writing that it wishes to be treated as a potential bidder, the full moratorium period will extend until 12th September 2021, and the protected period will end on 12th September 2022.

This is a very complex subject with many legal issues involved, and there have also been countless rumours and myths doing the rounds. We will endeavour to provide accurate, authenticated information on developments, regarding the Horse & Groom, as they happen over the coming months of the moratorium period.

How to show your support
In the meantime if you would like to offer your support to the Rushlake Green Community Action Group, to protect the future of the pub, you can email us here at the Village Leaf and we will pass your details to the Action Group organisers. Please email : subject : Community Action Group