Initial success in bid to save village pub

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A campaign group is aiming to secure a new lease of life for an old Derbyshire pub.

Residents of Spinkhill welcomed North East Derbyshire District Council’s refusal of plans to convert The Angel Hotel into two houses, retaining a small public bar, and building two detached houses in the garden.

Councillors said the site was an Asset of Community Value – the first in North East Derbyshire. Now the Angel Spinkhill Community Interest Company has been given six months to put together a bid to get the pub, owned by Punch Taverns, open again.

Spinkhill resident Andrew Truby said the village had come together to protect a community asset. “Our group is happy to support any would-be buyers, who are sympathetic to the needs of the village, to make their dream of owning the Angel a reality.”