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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:02 pm    Post subject: ‘Historic Skerne pub could be lost forever’ Reply with quote

CAMRA- ‘Historic Skerne pub could be lost forever’

A pub recognised as a national landmark is in grave danger of being lost forever if a planning application to convert it to a house is agreed

Issued: Wednesday August 31st 2011
Status: For immediate use

The fate of the Eagle at Skerne could be sealed when the East Riding of Yorkshire Council's planning committee meets to consider the application on 5th September, and many eyes will be on the decision they reach.

The Eagle was statutorily listed in 2005 for its great national interest as a rare, unspoilt rural public house – one of only 11 now left in England without any form of bar-counter or hatch. (Recommending listing for such an unpretentious building was a landmark decision, taken at the very highest levels within English Heritage)

The building has been kept closed by the local builder who bought it in 2005 and has been progressively deteriorating since. After abandoning his own plans to revive the pub business in 2006 he put the Eagle back up for sale but has been unable to find a buyer at the unrealistically high prices asked.

The recommendation of the East Riding's officers, announced only late last week, for the application to be approved flies in the face of serious objections and outrage from far and wide, including from CAMRA's national Pub Heritage Group (widely respected by heritage professionals for its UK-wide knowledge and expertise on historic public houses).

The Group's national chairman, Paul Ainsworth, commented:

‘Approving this application would make an absolute mockery of the reasons why the Eagle was listed in the first place – which was for its importance as a pub – and the argument that, once converted, it might some day revert to pub use is pie-in-the-sky.

‘There is no sign in the report of a proper willingness to test the case, impartially and professionally, about the pub's potential viability or to explore alternative solutions. And real issues like the loss of a community facility or the loss of a rural business opportunity are hardly addressed, let alone the loss of a potential tourism asset.

‘CAMRA can point to good examples around the country of historic rural pubs being sympathetically developed to ensure viability and which, in the right hands can survive and thrive and be an asset to their communities.’

For more information contact-
Alan Canvess, (01482) 446320
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How can people be so blind as to get rid of something that can never be replaced. If the locals aren't interested in keeping an historic pub then I'm not sure they really do anything in the village. There's a lot of places in Cornwall where people have houses and are registered as living there but they don't actually have real ties to the place and the history of the area.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

People don't care about the loss of our heritage. The builder will turn a quick profit thanks to the planning officers Evil or Very Mad
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