We are delighted to announce that after months of negotiations, which began in October last year, a deal was reached with the current owner of the property. It is being checked over by both parties’ solicitors and the change of use from retail to pub will be handed in next week to the council.
The guy who has worked hard to reopen the pub is Will Farmer – he has lived in Brighton his whole life apart from several years serving the British Army. Will says, “I am very excited about reopening the Dyke – I have been working hard to achieve this for many months and the hard work has paid off.
“Hopefully I can open the site once again in the summer of 2019 depending how long the planning takes to come back with the approval. The pub will be the west side of the building which enjoys more light and easy access”
Although the pub will be smaller, and without garden access, there is still a lot of work to be done – much more than he originally thought. The building needs to be rewired, plumbing has to be updated and a new boiler fitted to accommodate the new premises. It also needs a new bar, a kitchen and a new cold room to store beer.
Next week he will be launching a crowdfunding campaign, which the Save The Dyke Pub group are delighted to support where we can. Those pledging will be rewarded with meals, drinks or even the hire of the whole bar or a section of it for a night. There is a generous range of rewards. The idea behind crowdfunding is to help Will to raise some extra capital to keep the pub open long-term (he has a 15 year lease) and to cover future essential works, all of which will be made public.
There will be a meeting to discuss the new Dyke at the Church of the Good Shepherd (Church Hall) on April 2nd at 8.30pm, where you’ll be able to meet Will, and hear about his plans and crowdfunding campaign.
We hope this news is well received and we look forward to having a community hub back once again. Thanks so much for all your support over the years. We hope to raise a glass to you all soon!