Pub announces imminent closure

File photo

File photo

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A POPULAR town centre bar in High Wycombe is to close - with the owners suggesting it could be turned into flats.

Staff at Scorpios bar in Crendon Street have announced time will be called for the final time next month after failing to agree a new lease.

The live music bar will host its final gig on Sunday, August 24.

A post on Scorpios' Facebook page read: "So the sad time has arrived, that we have to announce, with a heavy heart, the pending closure of Scorpios.

"As many of you are aware, the building was sold in April and we have failed to negotiate a new lease with the new owner. Their intentions are to develop the building into new flats.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved, in making the past few years epic!"

Comments (12)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

11:12am Mon 28 Jul 14

ricky266 says...

What a shame that yet another pub is being closed and turned into housing!

When will the council step in and stop these things happening?
What a shame that yet another pub is being closed and turned into housing! When will the council step in and stop these things happening? ricky266
  • Score: 15

12:07pm Mon 28 Jul 14

wycombe_boy says...

Sad indeed that another pub closes. But as far as the council goes, surely to change from a pub to flats, they will need to grant planning permission or "change of use"? If this is the case then the clearly don't care.

Also it's kind of down to the pub if they can't negotiate a lease with the new owners. Everything and everybody has a price.
Sad indeed that another pub closes. But as far as the council goes, surely to change from a pub to flats, they will need to grant planning permission or "change of use"? If this is the case then the clearly don't care. Also it's kind of down to the pub if they can't negotiate a lease with the new owners. Everything and everybody has a price. wycombe_boy
  • Score: -2

12:26pm Mon 28 Jul 14

yog says...

Sounds like it is too late for this pub but communities can take some action to stop the closure of local pubs

http://www.pubistheh
ub.org.uk/assets/med
ia_library/CAMRA_Gui
de_to_Nominating_Pub
s_as_Assets_of_Commu
nity_Value_2013.pdf
Sounds like it is too late for this pub but communities can take some action to stop the closure of local pubs http://www.pubistheh ub.org.uk/assets/med ia_library/CAMRA_Gui de_to_Nominating_Pub s_as_Assets_of_Commu nity_Value_2013.pdf yog
  • Score: 4

3:33pm Mon 28 Jul 14

chapmani says...

Not just a pub lost but an excellent music venue.
We do need to stop losing such places, the pub is a big part of our culture.
Not just a pub lost but an excellent music venue. We do need to stop losing such places, the pub is a big part of our culture. chapmani
  • Score: 7

3:37pm Mon 28 Jul 14

chapmani says...

Shame the photo shows real ale pumps, something scorpios never really got into. Or when it was Finn. Mccouls.
Shame the photo shows real ale pumps, something scorpios never really got into. Or when it was Finn. Mccouls. chapmani
  • Score: 2

10:03am Tue 29 Jul 14

chepping100 says...

In October 2012 the council approved the conversion into seven flats (four 1 bed, two 2 bed and one 3 bed) plus two business units and one retail unit on the ground floor.

http://publicaccess.
wycombe.gov.uk/idoxp
a-web/applicationDet
ails.do?activeTab=do
cuments&keyVal=LZQHW
WSC0AW00

Shame on councillors Lesley Clarke, Alan Hill and Mahboob Hussain who stood by and did nothing to save this popular town centre venue in the planning process. Councillor Alan Hill even gave tacit approval to the loss of the pub.

Appendix A:
http://publicaccess.
wycombe.gov.uk/idoxp
a-web/files/D2B4AF9D
00A531B0363AA3742CA5
0100/pdf/12_05416_FU
L-OFFICER_REPORT__NO
TES-717815.pdf

The council’s planning officer even claims (point 4.6)
“there are numerous similar facilities within the vicinity of the site therefore; it would appear that the loss of this community facility would not result in a deficiency of such facilities.”

What utter rubbish.

No doubt it will be occupied by more NIMBYs like those objecting to the mini golf centre in nearby Castle Street.
In October 2012 the council approved the conversion into seven flats (four 1 bed, two 2 bed and one 3 bed) plus two business units and one retail unit on the ground floor. http://publicaccess. wycombe.gov.uk/idoxp a-web/applicationDet ails.do?activeTab=do cuments&keyVal=LZQHW WSC0AW00 Shame on councillors Lesley Clarke, Alan Hill and Mahboob Hussain who stood by and did nothing to save this popular town centre venue in the planning process. Councillor Alan Hill even gave tacit approval to the loss of the pub. Appendix A: http://publicaccess. wycombe.gov.uk/idoxp a-web/files/D2B4AF9D 00A531B0363AA3742CA5 0100/pdf/12_05416_FU L-OFFICER_REPORT__NO TES-717815.pdf The council’s planning officer even claims (point 4.6) “there are numerous similar facilities within the vicinity of the site therefore; it would appear that the loss of this community facility would not result in a deficiency of such facilities.” What utter rubbish. No doubt it will be occupied by more NIMBYs like those objecting to the mini golf centre in nearby Castle Street. chepping100
  • Score: 12

10:06am Tue 29 Jul 14

wycombe_boy says...

Councils are not in touch with the people or what they or their communities want.

Why are we surprised when they do something stupid (again)?
Councils are not in touch with the people or what they or their communities want. Why are we surprised when they do something stupid (again)? wycombe_boy
  • Score: 6

10:10am Tue 29 Jul 14

chepping100 says...

chapmani:

Scorpios does in fact serve a range of real ales from the Marlow Rebellion brewery. Plus a selection of fine bottled beers from Robinson’s, Wychwood and others.
chapmani: Scorpios does in fact serve a range of real ales from the Marlow Rebellion brewery. Plus a selection of fine bottled beers from Robinson’s, Wychwood and others. chepping100
  • Score: 9

1:41am Fri 1 Aug 14

JOHNHEALY says...

seeing as the local councils are too weak to stop Tescos establishing themselves everywhere and the development of houses/flats where local amenities once stood, perhaps it is pointless having a council. Here is a thought maybe their offices could be turned into flats instead!
seeing as the local councils are too weak to stop Tescos establishing themselves everywhere and the development of houses/flats where local amenities once stood, perhaps it is pointless having a council. Here is a thought maybe their offices could be turned into flats instead! JOHNHEALY
  • Score: 5

10:00pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Binkie Beaumont says...

I don't know this particular pub, but in general it's no point blaming councils. Pubs are closing because people are not drinking in them!!
I don't know this particular pub, but in general it's no point blaming councils. Pubs are closing because people are not drinking in them!! Binkie Beaumont
  • Score: -1

8:52am Fri 15 Aug 14

Garrob says...

Sadly this is breaking not news.. "Pub closes"
Sadly this is breaking not news.. "Pub closes" Garrob
  • Score: 0

11:58am Mon 18 Aug 14

chepping100 says...

Binkie Beaumont wrote:
I don't know this particular pub, but in general it's no point blaming councils. Pubs are closing because people are not drinking in them!!
Binkie Beaumont you’re wrong in this case.

Scorpios is a very popular and successful pub.

It was bought by a developer and the council approved the conversion into flats.

This pub IS closing as a direct result of the council’s action.
[quote][p][bold]Binkie Beaumont[/bold] wrote: I don't know this particular pub, but in general it's no point blaming councils. Pubs are closing because people are not drinking in them!![/p][/quote]Binkie Beaumont you’re wrong in this case. Scorpios is a very popular and successful pub. It was bought by a developer and the council approved the conversion into flats. This pub IS closing as a direct result of the council’s action. chepping100
  • Score: 4

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree