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Holbeach St John's villagers protest against pub closure plans

Nearly 100 villagers took part in a protest to help save the community’s only pub - and could be buying the site.

A total of 96 people went along to Holbeach St John’s Church Hall to fight against plans to convert The Plough into housing.

Now villagers say they are looking into the possibility of buying the pub to save the site for the community.

Protesters outside The Plough in Holbeach St John's (46488516)
Protesters outside The Plough in Holbeach St John's (46488516)

The owner of the pub, Ian Osborn, has submitted an application to change the use of the pub into a private dwelling as the building needs a roof and had looked at alternative commercial uses for the site.

One of the people involved in the campaign to save the pub is Kaylea Frost.

She said: “It is a well loved pub in the village and we would be heart broken if it wasn’t a pub any more.”

People living in Holbeach St John’s say they have lost their shop and petrol station over the last 50 years and now only the pub remains.

During the outdoor meeting, villagers discussed the possibility of listing The Plough as a community asset and 66 people expressed an interest in investing in the pub.

Kaylea said villagers were also going to look into the funding options available.

She said: “I think 66 people put their hands to say they would be potentially interested in investing in the village.

“It is an incredible reaction.”

The meeting was also attended by South Holland district councillors Paul Redgate and Allan Beal.

Coun Redgate said: “As district councillors we are committed to help the residents with their concerns and issues.

“We will signpost them to any areas to support that.”

Planners at South Holland District Council are also reported to have received a 51 objections to the planning application.

In the planning application’s supporting statement, Mr Osborn said that if the application is granted that he will sell The Plough as he does not have the finances to develop the building.

He also said the building also needs to be re-rendered.

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