Thorngumbald residents fighting pub demolition plans

Published: Friday 3rd June 2016 by HEY Today editor

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Residents in the East Yorkshire village of Thorngumbald are calling for their local pub not to be demolished.

The Royal Mail pub in Thorngumbald is facing an uncertain future over plans for it to be demolished and replaced with a Co-op store.

Some 1,800 people are against the plans for the Royal Mail pub to be turned into a convenience store, which have been recommended for approval at Monday’s council committee.

But building owners New River Retail say there’s been a loss in revenue and the building is no longer financially viable as a pub.

Margaret Wilson, chair of Thorngumbald Parish Council, said: “To me, it’s a community asset, it’s where people meet. When you see everybody at the scarecrow trail next month, it’s absolutely unbelievable! All different age groups meeting together, sharing things. You just can’t replace that.”

Ken Smith, who has been using the pub for nearly 40 years, said: “Over two-thirds of the village have objected to the Co-op and the pub being pulled down, whereas three people have said they’re for it. Surely, local democracy should come into play and the application should be rejected?”

Avril Russell, from Thorngumbald Parish Council, said: “The pub has been there for such a long time. It is the hub of the village. It’s used for various events like the over-50s club, the scarecrow festival once a year, there’s an allotment club there, they have quiz nights, they have entertainment on. It is well used.”

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Published: Friday 3rd June 2016 by HEY Today editor

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