A GROUP which formed to try and stop a pub in a South Derbyshire village from being turned into a funeral parlour have requested a meeting with the new owners.
The Wheel Inn in Findern has been sold by Punch Taverns to Burton company Murray’s Funeral Directors.
The Save the Wheel Inn group say they will fight to get the pub open again.
They held a committee meeting last week and have now come up with a mission statement that reads: “We seek to use peaceful and legal means in order to reach our objective of restoring the pub back to the community.
“We reserve the right to state the view that we would like the pub to reopen.”
Councillor Martyn Ford, who lives in Findern, told the Mail: “We contacted Murray’s on Friday and hopefully we will get an answer from them this week as to whether they will meet with us.
“We do not want our pub turned into a funeral directors.”
The group are encouraging people to write to Murray’s, and even held up a ‘Save the Wheel’ banner at Derby County’s match against QPR on Saturday.
They have also applied to South Derbyshire District Council for the pub to become a community asset. It is due before the council on June 2.
David Barke from Murray’s Funeral Directors said: “We have been surprised and saddened by some of the vitriolic and widely inaccurate comments made by a small number of individuals on the campaign’s Facebook page and in the media. However we have been heartened by the many messages of support sent to us privately from Findern residents.
“The previous tenants and villagers were aware that the site was up for sale since July last year.
“Our plans are exactly as stated in the now approved Lawful Change of Use application. We can confirm that we are not in discussions with any other land owners.
“We are a small independent funeral directors and look forward to being able to help and serve the people of South Derbyshire from our new local office.”