24 petitions

Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to The Craft Union Pub Company Limited

Save The Top Bell In Leighton Buzzard!

Over the years The Top Bell in Leighton Buzzard has had a very bad reputation, In 2017 this changed! Ian and Chris the current landlords of the top bell took over the pub in December 2017, they were told this pub had a bad reputation and they were keen to take on a challenge. The Top Bell is now a warm and welcoming pub with friendly and happy staff. Over the past 7 months Ian and Chris have both worked extremely hard to not only improve the pub itself but to change the reputation within the local community. Today, we the customers have found out that Ian and Chris' contracts have been terminated much to our disappointment. We believe that Ian and Chris have done an outstanding job in the short time that they have been in charge of the pub and will go on to do many more great things to bring in more customers and keep up the clean image that The Top Bell now has. With karaoke on a Thursday and bingo about to begin on Sundays the top bell has bought in more customers and regulars that ever before. As well as being excellent landlords Ian and Chris have also become good friends with many of us and we do not want to see them go. Putting the owners aside for a moment; the problem The Top Bell has had over the years is that it has changed hands and landlords on a regular basis with no consistency for policies. Many of the daytime customers are of pensionable age and look for somewhere they feel comfortable with, and landlords they get on with. This is something that Ian and Chris have taken to with pride. If Ian and Chris leave this will directly impact the local community and have an adverse effect on the brand as well which has become central to Leighton Buzzards nightlife. We, the undersigned, request that Craft Union change their decision so that we may keep our community clean and safe to drink in and enjoy our evening with landlords we respect and trust.

Sarah Williams
127 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to The Planning Inspectorate

Save The Cabinet at Reed - a 400-year-old gem and the last pub in the village

In 2011, the popular, historic and much-loved Cabinet pub in Reed, North Hertfordshire – a Grade II listed building – closed following misappropriation of funds.  Soon afterwards it was registered as an Asset of Community Value by Reed Parish Council.  Despite approaches to the then owners by various financially credible parties to buy or rent it to run as a pub, it remained closed until 2015, when it was sold at auction to the present owner, a property developer.  He carried out numerous alterations to the building to turn it into a house, without applying for planning permission or listed building consent.  Notwithstanding numerous complaints from neighbours and from the Parish Council, the local planning authority, North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC), took no action to safeguard The Cabinet. In September 2016, the owner submitted retrospective applications for planning permission for change of use and listed building consent.  This prompted a very sizeable public response – with some 90 written objections submitted to NHDC.  The Save the Cabinet Action Group (SCAG) was formed to co-ordinate the campaign to save Reed’s last pub. Following submissions by SCAG demonstrating, among other things, the viability of The Cabinet as a pub, in July 2017 North Herts councillors refused planning permission for change of use by a sizeable majority.  Around 70 village residents and supporters attended the meeting. The developer has now appealed (case reference: 3188914).  The listed building applications remain to be determined. This case is an important test of the planning system – not only in relation to how it protects community assets such as pubs, but also as to how it deals with unscrupulous developers who deliberately ignore the requirements of planning law in the hope of maximising their profit.  It is essential that the appeal is dealt with transparently and openly, with a proper opportunity for interested parties to make representations and for the Planning Inspector to examine all the evidence in detail. We, the undersigned, petition the Planning Inspectorate to hold a Public Hearing or an Inquiry into the appeal against North Herts District Council's decision to refuse permission for change of use. Under Annexe K of the Procedural Guide for planning appeals, the Hearing or Inquiry Procedure is appropriate because:  the Inspector is likely to need to test the evidence by questioning, especially on matters of viability and marketing, and  the case has generated a level of substantial local interest such as to warrant it. The Action Group estimates that between 50 and 60 residents will attend to witness and take part in the appeal proceedings. The overwhelming local support for the return of our much-loved and missed community asset needs properly to be taken into account.  A convenient Village Hall close to the site has all that is required by the Inspectorate for the purpose. 

Save the Cabinet Action Group
1,303 supporters
Update posted 9 months ago

Petition to Cllr Joe Crome

Save the Royal Oak pub, Leatherhead

The Royal Oak has a long history dating back over 180 years, the previous pub (now the cottages in Oaks Road) hosting the body of the "Poor Murdered Woman" found dead in Teazle Wood in 1834. The tale became well-known as a Surrey folk song, being recorded in Milford, 20 miles to the south-west, by the Rev. Charles J. Shebbeare in 1897. The existing building, which appears to be under threat of demolition, is believed to date to the late 1850s, coinciding with the arrival of the railways, and was owned for many years by the famous Charrington brewery, in whose 1930s architectural survey it appears. It has been in the hands of Greene King for the last 23 years. It is a fine example of a Victorian wayside inn, and has for a long time been a much-valued community live music venue. That the pub may not have been especially wonderful - or indeed profitable - is of absolutely no relevance whatever to attempts to save and revitalise it. With the right vision and the right management, the Royal Oak absolutely can succeed as an independent free house: it deserves better, after nearly 160 years of serving the people of North Leatherhead, than to be pulled down to make way for flats. Just this week, the similar Garibaldi pub in Redhill reopened after just such a campaign as this achieved complete success! This petition is a rallying cry to the community - get behind this, let's organise a massive campaign and save our pub!

Richard Harrold
307 supporters