A worrying & cautionary tale about a Punch Taverns owned pub near Selby, north Yorkshire has been reported in the press. According to Punch Taverns the pub, the Odddfellows (yes, with three D's!) Arms, is no longer viable due to a lack of custom & it has therefore decided to demolish it & replace it with new build homes.
The Odddfellows Arms is situated on the main street of Goole village and is an 18th century property. Punch Taverns application to the local authority to demolish the historic pub & to replace it with new houses looks set, apparently, to now obtain planning permission for their proposals.
These proposals to demolish the old pub looks certain in spite of local opposition from residents. To read the press article on this story - http://t.co/8kLbJNbJkC.
This story shows the opportunities that owners of pubs will look for if they think that it is more financially beneficial to them to close a pub (and even demolish it) rather than to work with a community to retain it & look at ways to make a pub more viable.
It may well be that the Red Lion's curent owners, Punch Taverns, or any potential future owner, would not seek or obtain permission from East Devon District Council to demolish it. However, we have to be alert to the lengths that owners of pubs who no longer want to run them can go to.
This is why the Campaign is determined to retain the Red Lion as a pub in the heart of the village.
Save The Red Lion Campaign Patrons
- Sidbury Community Enterprises' community share offer launched to buy the Red Lion
- Save The Red Lion Campaign Patrons - Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP & The Reverend Susie Williams
- Campaign's company - Sidbury Community Enterprises - has made an offer to buy the Red Lion
- East Devon District Council has listed the Red Lion pub as an Asset of Community Value - a significant Campaign milestone