Councillor ‘hoping to get answers’ over future of Buxton’s Grove Hotel

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This month marks three years of The Grove Hotel standing empty - but the historic building has not been forgotten says High Peak Borough Council.

The iconic hotel, in Grove Parade, Buxton, closed in August 2013 and has remained shut ever since.

But council deputy leader, Tony Kemp, has now asked officers to produce a report for next week with an update on the empty site.

He said: “It has certainly not been forgotten about by us.

“When I pass it I’m filled with a sadness that work hasn’t started yet so I have discussed this with officers and hope to have some answers next week.”

In August 2015 owners of The Grove Hotel, Robinsons Brewery, confirmed the landmark will not be re-opened, refurbished, or sold any time soon - which caused outrage in the town with many believing it was not acceptable for the company to merely sit on the asset.

One year on, the wait for answers continues.

Coun Kemp said: “We want to work with the developer to create something that will benefit the town and hope that if interested parties come forward it would make the brewery more keen on investing in the property.”

The hotel began as a coffee house around 1770, evolving into a coaching house and was also a thriving hotel and bar.

In August 2004, firefighters had to be called to the hotel after heavy rain fall caused the property to flood and two feet of water had to be pumped out.

Coun Kemp said: “There has been a long standing problem with water penetration at The Grove and I thought a solution had been found, as no work has started the problem maybe more difficult than originally thought.

“Although it is not up to the council to say how and when work should be done we want a strong partnership with the brewery and will assist where we can.”

He added that because of the building’s age all work has to be done with conservation in mind which includes a lime mortor instead of modern rendering.

This is a project that needs warm dry days and Coun Kemp expressed his concerns about when this could be done

He added: “After the report has been made we will hopefully have some more answers and maybe even some updates on the work with projected dates but The Grove Hotel is still on the council’s radar as the town looks to move forward.”

Brewery keeps quiet on updates

Robinsons Brewery was approached for a comment.However, no response was given before The Advertiser went to print.

A statement issued last year said: “We have no immediate plans for the refurbishment of the site at this time, nor do Robinsons intend to sell The Grove Hotel.”

Residents are calling for answers and believe the hotel should re-open.