Residents of Skeeby has been urged to support efforts to take over their village pub.
Members of the Skeeby Community Pub Society (SCPS) are in talks with officers from Richmondshire District Council (RDC) to discuss how they can reopen the Travellers Rest.
The pub has been shut since 2008, with the owner’s attempts to seek planning permission to convert it into a house being rejected by planners.
The owner has put the building up for sale, however the £200,000 asking price is consider too high by residents.
Instead, one option being considered is a compulsory purchase order of the building at a lower price.
Members of the SCPS say that despite the restrictions imposed by the lockdown, the group has continued to press RDC towards a CPO over recent months.
However, they say they need to be able to assure the council that there is a “continued, viable level of interest” in the pub re-opening.
To do this they are seeking to strengthen and increase the numbers of the SCPS committee and invite people to take a more active role.
They are also wanting to encourage potential investors to come forward and maintain contact with those who have made expressions of interest in order to satisfy demands from RDC for proof of local, financial interest in the pub.
The group is planning a Zoom meeting towards the end of September.
Adrian Bramley, from the SCPS, added: “Please invite your friends and family to join us, we need as many people as possible to now demonstrate their support.”
For more details and to get in touch with the group, click here.