At the Parish Council Meeting on Monday 25th April, Councillors agreed a resolution to apply to Chichester District Council to register The Swan as an Asset of Community Value.
We are asking villagers to support this application by signing the Change.org petition, please follow the link below;
Councillor Wade Houlden explains;
‘The only pub in the village, and one of it’s oldest buildings, The Swan has been at the heart of Fittleworth life for well over 400 years. The building dates from around 1374, and is believed to have become a coaching Inn in the late 1500’s, since when it has played host to many famous people, and it has always been a focal point of village life.
Sadly it closed in December 2020, and is now under threat of being repurposed, having been neglected by the pub group that own it.
We would like Chichester District Council to recognise the Swan’s importance as an integral part of this community and register it as an Asset of Community Value, to help us protect it from being converted and become yet another historic pub lost forever, and to see it reopen and thrive once again.’