There is little that is more iconic in Buckinghamshire than the swan. Incorporated into the county arms and close to our hearts here in Ley Hill as the label for one of our village pubs.
Sadly in decline in recent years as the current landlords head into a well deserved retirement, The Swan in Ley Hill has been on the market for some time. There is speculation about whether it has a future as a pub, given its proximity (about 10 metres) to Ley Hill’s other pub, The Crown.
There is a planning application in progress to convert this listed building which once hosted the likes of Clark Gable, Glen Miller and James Stewart into a children’s nursery. Those of us with close ties to the village think this is possibly not a good idea…
Given the issues with access to the asbestos landfill site, 200-300 metres up the road, plus the non-existent parking, at best it is an accident waiting to happen.
There is no doubt that the Swan needs to pass into some responsible hands, but someone who can invest is not necessarily the same person who can actually run the business. I think it is time for the community to come together and talk about preserving this amazing resource.
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