The Auctioneers Arms

Going, Going, ?


Background :

The last pint at the Auctioneers Arms was pulled on Saturday 20th of August 2016. The owners of the pub, Enterprise Inns  sold the premises to a property company.  The developer, White Acre Estates Ltd were preparing plans to develop the site for housing. They submitted an application to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council on the 7th of September to demolish the pub and clear the site.

A number of local residents and customers are very dissapointed about the closure of the Auctioneers Arms, locally known as  ‘The Knocks’. The pub has been at the centre of the community at Cookshill for over 100 years. The matter was raised at a meeting of the Parish Council on the 5th of September. Supporters are hoping that they can save the pub and they were successful with an application to get it listed as a Community Asset by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council. Subsequently the owner decided to put the pub back on the market and a For Sale Sign has been attached to the building.

The Community Asset status has an immediate effect. It introduces a six month period during which the owner can not sell or demolish the Auctioneers Arms. This provides the residents with a time window to raise the funds so that they can make an offer to purchase the pub. At the end of the six month period the owner can proceed with the sale to the party of his choice.

Update 24th October 2016 :

The residents association have organised a public meeting on the 15th of November at 8pm and they have also produced a Flyer which will be circulated to addresses in the local area. The flyer includes a copy of their on-line survey which can be printed out. Click here to see a copy of the Flyer.

UPDATE 21st October 2016 :

Have Your Say ! On-Line Survey.
White Acre Estates Ltd have decided to put the pub back on the market and  the Caverswall and Cookshill Residents Association see this as a potential opportunity to create a community pub. They have organised an on-line survey to find out what services people would like to see the pub provide and to gauge the level of support. Click here to take part in the survey, all replies are anonymous but you can leave your contact details if you want to.

UPDATE 27th September 2016 :

The District Council have now registered the pub as a Community Asset. The Council has also placed a notification on their website stating that the applicant has withdrawn the initial application to demolish the building. The matter has been placed on the agenda at the next meeting of the Parish Council on the 3rd of October. The meeting will take place at 7.30 pm at the Village Hall and members of the public are welcome to attend. Click here to see a copy of the minutes of the meeting.

Photo of the Auctioneers Arms taken in the 1920s
This photograph, taken by William Blake  dates from the 1930s.

2 thoughts on “The Auctioneers Arms

  1. Brian

    Thanks very much for your support with this. We need to raise the the awareness and to continue with the campaign to save the pub.

  2. Steve Barton

    Hello, I should like to introduce myself as chair of the Staffordshire Moorlands CAMRA branch (Campaign for Real Ale). I have been following the Auctioneers story as best I can in the local press and from a few contacts I have in the area around Caverswall, Dilhorne and Blythe Bridge and Forsbrook. I should like to offer my personal support and that of anything that CAMRA can do to support the Auctioneers Arms campaign and would also like to know what if anything I can do to help save this iconic building and keep it open and trading as a pub.
    In my role as chair of the local branch I am passionate about supporting our great pubs and especially as in this case, the lase one in Cookshill. We also have a very active local membership who meet to discuss such things every two months, the next one being in Cheadle on the 7th March.
    CAMRA do have very knowledgeable people in the HQ team who may be able to assist in a more practical way then my offering moral support.
    I was contacted by email a while ago by somebody from the village but unfortunately something went wrong and i could only read part of it. I did reply to that effect but had no response back.
    Please keep me informed and updated so that I can let our members know of anything we can do to help.
    With kindest regards and best wishes,
    Steve Barton
    Chair, Staffs Moorlands CAMRA


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