Plan for Bull Inn pub at Eastry to be alcoholics' home
Charlie Elphicke, MP for
Deal and Dover discusses plans to convert the Bull Inn in Eastry
into a center for recovering alcoholics
An historic pub could be converted... into a residential home
Mr and Mrs Tarry, of Elizabeth House, Sturry, want to turn the
Bull Inn pub in Eastry into a place to support and rehabilitate
people addicted to alcohol.
But neighbours of the 500-year-old High Street pub have voiced
fears about the move and have called for a village referendum on
The proposal is for the building to become a centre for people
with Korsakoff’s syndrome or related disorders - generally with a
history of alcohol dependency and self-neglect.
The Bull inn at
Patients with the condition have associated psychiatric problems
such as psychosis and depression.
Residents say they are concerned about safety, especially for
children in the village, but also for patients.
They are keen to preserve the pub at the heart of their
community, and to maintain their existing quality of life and house
also anxious about the impact on traffic and added pressures on
existing health services.
A total of 146 comments about the application are included on
Dover council’s website, a majority from objectors.
A district council spokesman said no decisions had yet been made
regarding the application.
A representative from Eastry had attended a meeting with the
applicants last month to outline the village concerns.
Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke said: “I think their
concerns should be taken very seriously. The Bull Inn is a great
pub with a long history in Eastry. We should be very slow to get
rid of any pubs.”
Karen Scott, who lives nearby, said: “As representation for
everybody in the village, this is a community space and it is not
the right location for this type of care.
“It would mean the balance in our village will be compromised,
we have lots of care homes here and we are not against care.
The Bull Inn is the wrong place for this kind of care.
“This is a community space and has been for 500 years. The
building is Grade 2 listed and needs to be preserved.
“It would be lovely if this could remain as a community
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