Campaigners in Cowbit who are trying to bring back a village pub have suffered another setback.
South Holland District Council has removed the site of the now demolished Ye Olde Dun Cow from its community assets register – which means it is no longer protected as a possible future pub site.
The move follows an appeal by owners Market Homes.
The fire-wrecked pub was bulldozed in March following a planning application from Market Homes, who said the building was dangerous.
Jonathan Matthews, spokesman for the Save Ye Olde Dun Cow Campaign, said: ”We are trying to organise a meeting with Market Homes to discuss a way forward with them in an attempt to acquire the site or even work with them to develop the site for the village community.
“We are considering our legal position with regards to the SHDC removing Ye Olde Dun Cow from the Local Asset Register. We are extremely disappointed in the lack of communication we have received from SHDC and the lack of evidence they have sought in regards to making their decision.
“They gave Market Homes three months to appeal, but gave us no opportunity to provide further evidence.
“The whole process has left us extremely let down by our district council.”
A council spokesman said: “The application was decided on the evidence submitted by the Campaign in its application for listing, and evidence submitted by the owner on appeal.
“Appeal hearings must be conducted by the council in line with strict regulations; we did seek legal and Government advice, and were offered advice on exactly who could submit evidence to the review hearing.
“We have suggested to the Campaign that it gets advice itself on the possibility of submitting a fresh application for listing of the Olde Dun Cow.”