Hotel fate rests with committee

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on August 22, 2019

A COMMITTEE has now been formed to lead the way in determining whether Broomehill’s Imperial Hotel will ever return to its former glory.

The pub closed down in May this year and has since been left abandoned, with no new owner taking the reins after previous management walked away from it.

Broomehill farmer Scott Thompson said a meeting held last week to discuss the pub’s fate was well attended by locals.

“We had about 40 people turn up, plenty of good people,” he said.

“Out of that, nine people put up their hands to be part of a committee and that’s enough for us to get started.”

Mr Thompson explained the committee’s role now was to “go away and do some research” and weigh up the community’s options.

“There’s definitely a desire to have a pub,” he said.

“But people don’t really know how to do something – whether it’s as radical as knocking it down and building a new facility… the main thing is that it caused a reaction when it closed, and we need to work together to do something about it.”

Mr Thompson hopes the committee will liaise with the community sooner rather than later to discuss the next step.

The Weekender will keep you informed of any updates.