THE Kinderton Hotel is set to be closing its doors following the sale of the property.

The building, in Kinderton Street, has changed hands numerous times and is set to do so again.

No details of the sale nor the new owner’s intentions for the land have been released yet but speculation has been circulating around the community.

Cllr Jonathan Parry, Middlewich Town Council said: “I don’t know what’s going to happen. There are no planning applications at the moment so it’s all just rumours.”

The hotel is situated next to another pub and Cllr Parry believes this must have been a challenge for the business.

He said: “We don’t want to lose a building like that. I think the problem was the two pubs right next to each other and the Boar’s Head tends to get most of the business and unfortunately Kinderton didn’t quite get the footfall it needed.

“It would be better if it was repurposed because it is an old building, we lose enough old buildings in the town and we don’t want to lose anymore.

“From my point of view I don’t want to see it knocked down or anything because it’s been there for a long time.

“I hope whoever has bought it plans to make use of that building and at least preserve the front of it.

“Most new buildings aren’t aesthetically pleasing or fit in with the town at all.

“They’re often about functionality instead of how they look.”

As of yet no plans have been submitted to the council regarding the new use of the building.

Cllr Mike Parsons, Middlewich ward member at Cheshire East Council, said:

“When owners of business premises decide they want to sell, that’s entirely a business decision of theirs, we couldn’t possibly have any impact over it.

“I haven’t heard any plans of what is going to happen post sale, whether the building is going to remain or not remain I have no idea.

“All I can say is that it is obviously a business decision by the owners of Kinderton House Hotel that we have to respect.”

Cllr Parsons does however understand the concern from the community regarding the sale of the hotel.

He added: “My preference would be to see it continue as a hotel because this town needs accommodation space for visitors but it’s up to the owners.”