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FreddyHeadey Good Intent Rochester (13) RE: Good Intent Rochester 02 Jul 19

...But scores of customers have launched a campaign to make it an asset of community value preventing any development of the John Street establishment.
More than 150 letters of objection have also been sent to the council.

Leading the battle is Mel Barnett, whose Morris dancing group has met there for the last 16 years.
... “We feel passionate about our pub. It is our social life. It may be a back street pub in the middle of a housing estate, but there are not many places you can get live entertainment and take the whole family around here.”

It is well respected as a folk and acoustic music venue with live acts from all over the county performing regularly.
A bridge club, open mic, fancy dress themed parties, poetry and book readings are also held there.

Mrs Barnett, 46, of Gravesend Road, Strood, said: “The brewery are saying it’s not viable which I really don’t understand. There something on virtually every night and it’s usually full.
“The pub is part of the community. We don’t want more houses here. We don’t have the roads and schools to support more development. We shall fight this to the end and if need be take over the running of the pub ourselves.”

Several attempts were made to contact landlady Karen Woebley, who posted on social media on June 4: “Heads up lovely peeps, contrary to public misinformation it’s business as usual at The Good Intent Rochester for the foreseeable future.”

By nominating the pub as asset of community value it gives the council reasons to reject a planning proposal.

It gives the community the opportunity to bid for the property if it is sold or leased for 25 years or more. A local authority has eight weeks in which to decide whether to approve or reject a nomination. : 10:30, 30 June 2019


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