VILLAGERS fighting to save The Lickfold Inn, owned by DJ Chris Evans, have been successful in a bid to get the historic building listed as an ‘asset of community value’.
They have been campaigning for the 15th-century pub since it was closed down by the DJ in 2010 and ‘left to rot’.
Chichester District Council has listed the building after pleas from district councillor Elizabeth Hamilton and Lodsworth Parish Council.
It means that if the pub is sold, the community has to be given priority to buy it.
Chris Evans has reacted to the measure by putting the pub back on the market, although villagers are unsure how much he wants for it.
In the meantime, they are pursuing their campaign.
Lodsworth parish councillors are now holding an emergency general meeting to look at the current situation in detail and to see what further measures could be taken.
After three years without finding a buyer, the Grade II-listed building has now fallen into disrepair – recently being flooded during the heavy rain.
People living in Lickfold argue that apart from being an eyesore, they have no other meeting place and it has impacted on their social life as a community.
They are now looking for investors and it is understood one resident who lives nearby is interested in restoring it to run as a pub.