Save the Ferrybridge Inn

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The Ferrybridge Inn has stood in it's current form at the gateway to Portland and the Fleet since the 1890s. Originally built to collect tolls on the old crossing to Portland it was purchased by local brewery Devenish and rebuilt in the late 1890s and served the local community as a public house for 120 years until it was closed in 2015.

It's new owner Ilchester estates who own most of the Fleet,Chesil beach and land down towards Abbotsbury applied for planning in 2014 to demolish the building and replace it with residential accommodation and a commercial unit. Planning was finally granted in 2018 despite many objections and under the Town and Country planning act they were given two years to commence work, they have failed to do so.

It is my belief the building is of historic significance to the local area and has been a landmark for several generations due to its location at the start of the Portland causeway. The area is well known as 'ferrybridge' and the Inn is the only remaining connection to the original ferry and bridge which have now been replaced with a non descript concrete bridge.

I believe the pub to be an asset of community value and should be retained intact and bought back into community use not just for the local community but visitors to Wyke Regis and Portland.