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Campaign to save Bay Horse pub at Barlby continues
A REAL ale campaigner has urged people living near a Selby pub to use the venue or lose it forever.
Enterprise Inns, which owns the Bay Horse at Barlby, has applied to Selby District Council to demolish the pub and build 13 new homes in its place.
Manager Alyson Griffith, 49, started a campaign to try and save the pub, which she says has turned around in recent months, with increased takings.
Hundreds of people have already signed a petition and hundreds more joined a Facebook campaign to try to save it. Mick Moss, CAMRA’s Yorkshire regional director, said the redevelopment would be a sad loss for the area.
Mr Moss said: “It’s sad to see pubs closing and especially in this way. It’s another pub potentially lost to the community and it means people may be forced to do what we’re trying not to have them do – drinking at home. It’s removing the choice of the community and it’s just not right.
“Although the economic climate is a bit tough it’s my belief that every pub has a use and helps the community. It’s down to the community and the more they use it, the more likely it is to stay open. There’s no road back from a closed pub.
“Once it’s gone, it’s gone, if people turn their backs on it.”
More than a dozen objections have been submitted to the council, with objectors stating the pub raises money for charity, and there is also a lack of amenities in Barlby.
Mr Moss said: “If it’s still a going concern, then there’s no reason they should close a healthy pub. To just suddenly turn round and say ‘we want to get rid of it for 13 homes’, that’s just fast money, and that’s happening more and more.”
An Enterprise Inns spokeswoman said: “We are currently reviewing our options for the Bay Horse and have submitted a planning application to explore all possible outcomes for the future of the site, but no decisions have been made at this stage.”
A decision is due on the scheme in November.
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