Abandoned Swindon pub becomes ‘disgusting landfill’
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Abandoned Swindon pub becomes ‘disgusting landfill’

Concerns have been raised about the condition of the closed pub, which has once again fallen into disrepair.

Neighbors near The Crumpled Horn in Eldene have complained about the mess around the closed property, which has been part of the area for more than 50 years and has a Grade II-listed roof.

The building has been closed and reopened several times in recent years due to maintenance, trading and crime issues.

The site became a hotbed of anti-social behavior after its closure in May 2019, as the empty garden was filled with overgrown weeds and discarded rubbish.

Admiral Taverns took over the pub from previous owners Star Pubs in February 2020 and then found new tenants in October.

The tenants vacated the premises in the summer of 2022 and were succeeded by Ian Clark and Jane Jeapes in November of the same year.

In March 2023, Wiltshire Police issued a six-week closure order for a pub after men with machetes entered the premises.

In May this year, Swindon Borough Council removed the landlady from her role as supervisor of the designated premises but allowed the pub to retain its premises license despite police demanding its closure due to the scale of drug dealing, organized crime gang gatherings and other illegal activities. activities taking place there.

A police spokesman said at the time: ‘The people who run it have allowed the Crumpled Horn Hotel to become a hub for criminal activity. This poses a serious risk to members of the community.”

It has since been boarded up and left in limbo.

Last August, used needles and drug paraphernalia were found on the steps, raising concerns among parents who took their young children to a nearby community center and nursery.

In recent weeks, members of the Eldene Facebook group have described the site as “nasty” with a garden full of grass “three feet high”. and becoming a “disgusting dump” of garbage.

They complained to the brewery that manages the pub, Admiral Taverns, in the hope that further maintenance work will be carried out.

A spokesman for Admiral Taverns said: “We are aware of the situation at Crumpled Horn and are working closely with local authorities to address the situation.”

The children’s nursery rhyme ‘The House That Jack Built’ inspired the design and roof of Crumpled Horn, which was built in 1975 and achieved Grade 2 Listing of Historic England in 2018.