Villagers say no to housing plan for pub

Campaigning to stop the demolishion of the White Post pub Stanley Common.
Campaigning to stop the demolishion of the White Post pub Stanley Common.

Hundreds of villagers have signed a petition to save a pub from being demolished and turned into houses.

The White Post is one of just two pubs in Stanley Common – and residents have come out in force to say no the developer.

More than 530 people have now signed the petition started by Alan Walker to stop the pub being demolished which is set to happen anytime time after May 14.

Alan, who lives near to the pub in Belper Road said: “What bothers people in the village most is we can’t just have a village full of houses.

“The developers are riding roughshod over the village.”

He described The White Post as a ‘thriving’ pub: “You can’t say it’s because of a lack of trade.”

The building – thought to be well over 150 years old – was sold to Staffordshire-based Walton Homes last year.

Erewash Borough Council’s planning department confirmed this week that the firm does not require planning permission to demolish the pub.

Instead it gave 28 days notice to the council on April 16 that it plans to tear it down, meaning it could be demolished any time after Tuesday May 14.

The current lease-holders stop trading on June 29 after their rent was increased.

“It’s sad to see the village losing the pub – it’s part of the history and heritage of the place,” said Paul Hancock, who has run the pub for a number of years with partner Lyn Green.

“But it’s part and parcel of running a pub – now and again you expect to have a hike in rent.”

Nobody from Walton Homes was available when the Advertiser called this week.