The White Swan: Charlton Society to discuss much-missed pub’s fate

White Swan
Mendoza put the White Swan on the market in 2020

The fate of The White Swan in Charlton Village will be up for discussion at the Charlton Society‘s regular monthly meeting this Saturday, together with a number of issues about improving the area.

The Swan closed suddenly in March 2020, just before the first lockdown, after a lengthy battle to pay the rent demanded by the Isle of Man-based property developer Mendoza, which bought the freehold from Punch Taverns for £900,000 in 2015.

Since then, the pub has been put on the market, with Mendoza demanding £40,000 in rent each year, although it no longer appears on the front page of agent Jenkins Law’s website. In November 2020, planning permission was given for a house at the rear of the site – shrinking the pub’s beer garden. Final approval of a six-month construction programme was given last June.

The society has added the restoration of the Swan as a priority item to its Save Our Village Action Plan, which it will be discussing on Saturday.

Most of the (many) other items in the plan are to do with the public realm around the village, although it also includes the 20mph zone which was implemented two years ago, along with “continuous pavements” that were described as an “accident waiting to happen” on this website in March.

The meeting will be held at Charlton House at 2.30pm this Saturday; there is an admission fee of £3 for non-members and £2 for members.


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