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Save our pub beer garden!

PUBLISHED: 16:53 14 May 2008 | UPDATED: 09:44 23 August 2010

Gravesend
13-05-08
Edinburgh Castle Pub, Northfleet
Council to sell off land used by the pub as a beer garden
 Clive Selves (black shirt and wearing glasses ) with staff and regulars in the beer garden with the pub The Edinburgh Castle in the background

Gravesend 13-05-08 Edinburgh Castle Pub, Northfleet Council to sell off land used by the pub as a beer garden Clive Selves (black shirt and wearing glasses ) with staff and regulars in the beer garden with the pub The Edinburgh Castle in the background

DRINKERS risk losing their beer garden as the summer weather arrives because the council plan to sell the land at auction. Regulars at the Edinburgh Castle, High Street, Northfleet were shocked to discover a £5,000 guide price has been slapped on their b

DRINKERS risk losing their beer garden as the summer weather arrives because the council plan to sell the land at auction.

Regulars at the Edinburgh Castle, High Street, Northfleet were shocked to discover a £5,000 guide price has been slapped on their beloved garden.

Landlord Clive Selves, 52, has been renting the land which the beer garden is situated on from Gravesham Borough Council for 18 months but the council has decided to sell it off.

Mr Selves said: "To be honest I don't know what to do. The people around here really enjoy drinking out there and it's great for the kids as well. I was quite happy to go on renting it from the council really. It's no good for man nor beast apart from being used as a beer garden."

The regulars say that the loss the garden will come as a real blow, especially to the customers with children.

Teresa Larkin, 36, a Tesco shop worker, of Dover Road, Northfleet goes to the Edinburgh Castle three or four times a week.

She said: "It's lovely out there. There's a nice patio with umbrellas and tables and the sun's on it all the time.

"There aren't many pubs around here that you can take children but it's really good for kids in the garden."

The beer garden is due to be auctioned by Clive Emson auctioneers of Maidstone later this summer.

Last month the council made a whopping £100,000 after selling two public toilet blocks at auction.

Underground Victorian toilets on the corner of Parrock Street, Gravesend, were sold for three times the guide price at £60,000 last Friday.

A former ladies' lavatory at The Hill, Northfleet also went for £42,000 after being listed with a guide price of £5,000 at the same auction house.

A council spokesperson said: "The land is surplus to council requirements and therefore it is being sold.

"The landlord has been told and is perfectly entitled to buy the land at auction.

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