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To: Stratford District Council
Rescue Great Wolford's Pub from conversion to Houses
Deny any change of use of the Fox and Hounds Inn from a Public House and not to permit the owners to continue to use it solely as a dwelling.
Why is this important?
The pub, dating back to the 16th Century has always been, within living memory, the heart of our community and a successful and profitable business. It is the only pub in the village and its closure has denied us a vital social amenity.
The current owners opened the pub in July 2015 and closed it in June 2016 - dates taken from the planning application they submitted recently for conversion of the pub into two houses.
Previous publicans have published their trading figures and made personal statements (published on the campaign website) that support the widely held belief that the pub remains perfectly viable in the hands of a professional, full-time host.
Here are some comments from local people posted publicly on SDC Planners' Website in their objections to the application to convert the pub:
"When I moved to the village in 2015 the pub was the only place villagers could congregate to socialise and I have felt a massive loss without having this facility. The village is having an influx of younger families moving to the area (us being one) and we all desperately feel the loss. This pub needs to be saved and taken over by owners prepared to invest the energy into it to and integrate into the community"
My objection is purely based on common sense and nothing to do with who owns the pub. If the current owners were prepared to sell for a sensible price I am sure that somebody else would relish the chance to reinstate the Fox and Hounds to its former glory"
"The pub is well loved and there would be an immediate return of business should it re-open. It is the heart of the village and many events were held and run from here prior to the current owners.
Despite moving away from the village we would definitely return and use the pub consistently as would many others from both the village and it's surrounding area. It is a fully viable business when marketed effectively and identifying the type of pub business this historic building needs and respecting it.
I fully object to this application and it would tear the heart out of the village and those smaller
PLEASE help us by signing the petition to oppose the loss of our village pub.
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