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The Odddfellows Arms in Carlton facing closure
IT’S the village pub that boasted 3D vision long before its rivals – even if it was accidental.
But now, one of North Yorkshire’s oldest and “oddd-est” pubs is facing demolition, sparking concerns among local residents.
Punch Taverns wants to replace the The Odddfellows Arms, in Carlton, near Selby, with eight homes and car-parking spaces, but locals and neighbouring businesses are opposing the plans.
The pub hit the headlines in the 1980s when a sign-maker accidentally painted a third D into the name, turning the Oddfellows into the Odddfellows, and it has retained the mis-spelt name ever since.
The then owners Vaux Breweries tried to correct the error in 1994, but locals said they had become attached to the “oddd” sign and forced a U-turn.
Punch now say dwindling customer numbers have made the pub unviable, but some villagers want the eighteenth century coaching house saved and others fear the new plans will block an access route to local shops.
Sam Wade, 38, who moved to Carlton seven years ago, said: “I think it would be a loss to the community because there are people who have been going there for years and it does have its local regulars.
“It’s a tiny village and people keep themselves to themselves. “People are loyal to the village and wouldn’t want houses. Everybody looks after everybody. They are taking away a business to put accommodation and I don’t think it’s required in this village.”
Sue Shears, who owns the adjoining building, run as a hairdressing business, says there has been no consultation from Punch Taverns over the scheme and the new plans would build over three car parking spaces belonging to her.
She said: “The main problem we have is not the pub getting knocked down. If it’s not making a profit, there’s no point in keeping it. But there’s been no consultation about what’s going to happen.
“I think the plan is to build eight houses with 11 parking spaces, but we already own three.”
A spokesman for Punch Taverns said: “The hairdressers currently has the right to park in the public car park and that right will continue with any new development.”