Save our pub plea will go to MP John Hayes

Dun Cow campaigners are taking their fight to South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes. SG180713-567NG
Dun Cow campaigners are taking their fight to South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes. SG180713-567NG
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Villagers fighting to save their only pub from the bulldozers are taking their campaign to the South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes.

On Friday they will present the MP with a petition opposed to Ye Olde Dun Cow at Cowbit making way for homes.

Jonathan Matthews, from the campaign, said 560 people have signed a paper petition so far and just over 100 have added their names to an online petition.

Campaigners are also trying to have the pub listed as a community asset under Localism legislation and are about to submit a form to South Holland District Council in the hope of preserving the fire-wrecked building’s use as pub so it can one day be restored.

South Holland’s planning committee is likely to deliver a verdict on an application for nine homes on the site on September 25.

Mr Matthews said: “We have been overwhelmed with support for our campaign to bring back the Dun Cow to its original home and are really looking forward to meeting John Hayes to express our objections to a planning application for housing on the site.

“The fact that many people from around the region as well as villagers are supporting our fight demonstrates just how much people from all walks of life want the Dun Cow back in its rightful place.

“Every community needs a place where families can come together and enjoy village life to the full and a new Dun Cow will become this place – that I am sure of given the conversations I’ve had with people over the past few weeks.

“We have spoken to many, many people who are deeply saddened by plans to turn the Dun Cow site into housing and thereby eradicate years of history and wonderful memories. They, like the campaign team, want their pub back on its original site and I and all those involved in this campaign are determined to see the Dun Cow come home and rise from the ashes.”

He said a new campaign committee has been formed along with an ‘unincorporated body’ which has more than 50 members.

Mr Matthews said: “We hope that with the tremendous support for our campaign from villagers and others further afield, plus CAMRA (the Campaign For Real Ale), the council’s planning committee will back our campaign to bring our village pub home.

“There is no reason why our pub couldn’t become a pub of destination as well as the heart of our village in the future.”

l A developer put it an offer for the site based on the pub being restored, but the site was sold to a higher bidder – Market Homes, who are the current applicants seeking to build homes on the site.