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Fighting fund to bring a pub back to Cowbit

South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes and campaigners beside the rubble of the demolished Dun Cow.

South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes and campaigners beside the rubble of the demolished Dun Cow.

MP John Hayes met campaigners beside rubble from the demolished Ye Old Dun and pledged his support to help them get a pub rebuilt on the same site.

Villagers have secured a £9,500 Government grant to help their fight for a new pub and have their sights set on a further £100,000 of Government cash.

They are also raising their own funds, netting almost £400 from a table top sale with more events in the pipeline.

Campaigners were dealt a devastating blow when South Holland District Council gave property developers Market Homes planning consent to demolish the fire-damaged pub, but the site itself remains on the community assets register as a pub site.

Jonathan Matthews, spokesman for the Save Ye Old Dun Cow Campaign, said: “What we want is our local village pub back.

“Since Ye Olde Dun Cow was demolished, the site has become an eyesore with rubbish and combustible waste occupying most of the site and the perimeter is poorly secured.”

Cash raised by the campaigners and the grant funding will be used for things like creation of a business plan, architectural plans and legal help.

Mr Matthews said: “There is also a further £100,00 of Government support to help us in the next stages of preserving Ye Old Dun Cow site as our local village pub. The campaign has made no assumption that the site will be sold by Market Homes, but we do believe this would be the best option all round.”

The South Holland and The Deepings MP said: “Market Homes have a moral obligation to consult with the village with the aim of reinstating their local watering hole.”

 

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