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Gardeners fear new eyesore after pub closure
GARDENING gurus have called for tender loving care to be given to their village after its only pub closed down.
Retired volunteers from Elmstead In Bloom said the boarded up King’s Arms pub is the second eyesore within a few yards along its main road.
The pub shut suddenly last month for unknown reasons.
The front of the former Post Office is also covered in scaffolding and has been left untouched since a fire badly damaged the building five years ago.
The Post Office now operates from Old Forge Court.
Sid Wright, chairman of Elmstead in Bloom, said: “We certainly don’t need these situations - the Post Office being left in such a state and we have now lost the public house.
“It is a nice village and we seem to have had a lot of new families. We keep it as nice as we can with what we do and we would like to think the authorities would do their bit and try and put things to rights so we don’t have these eyesores.”
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