A VILLAGE pub looks set to reopen its doors to the community.
The Travellers Rest in Leekbrook has been closed since February last year, and residents have been left in limbo as to whether their local watering hole and community hub was to reopen.
However, this week Marston’s Brewery, which owns the pub, has confirmed to the Post & Times that it has someone lined up to re-open the Travellers Rest.
A spokesman said: “We have agreed terms with a local operator to reopen the pub. The pub will reopen once works on it have been completed."
However, the spokesperson declined to say who will be running the Travellers Rest or when it would be reopening.
Residents in Leekbrook and further afield had banded together last month to start a petition asking for the Travellers Rest to be re-opened as a pub, amid rumours that the site was being sold for housing development.
Cheddleton Way resident Suzanne Davy, who started up the Cheddleton Way Community Club in 2011, last week sent the 282-name petition to both Marston’s Brewery and the planning department at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.
She said of the latest confirmation from Marston’s: “I had heard that the Travellers Rest is going to open in six weeks’ time.
“However, until we see a sign going up stating that it is going to be under new management and with a date of opening, we will not be getting too excited yet.
“Over the last 18 months we have had so many promises but we are waiting with bated breath.
“We would like to know the details of who is taking it over and when this is going to happen.
“It is a shame that it has taken 18 months, and also a shame that it looks like it will not be open before the end of the summer – but it will be great to have it reopen as a pub.”
Mrs Davy added: “I do hope that the brewery is going to support whoever will be running the Travellers Rest. Even though there is a strong desire for the pub to reopen, the new operator will be basically starting from scratch. It is going to take time – but we, as local residents, will definitely support the reopening.”