Last chance to have your say on future of Haxey Hood pub

The Duke William last won the Hood in 2012.
The Duke William last won the Hood in 2012.

There is just one week left for residents to have their say on the future of an Isle pub-integral to the Haxey Hood-after plans were submitted to change it to housing.

The deadline for objections and comments on the planning application to close the Duke William in Haxey to make way for housing is next Thursday July 5.

Residents attended a drop in event on Tuesday to find out about the revised application to erect seven two-bedroomed detached bungalows,a two storey detached dwelling and the change of the use of main building to residential use.

Campaigners fighting to save the Isle pub under the We Live Here Haxey banner, were given a lifeline when the building was recognised as an Asset of Community Value (ACV), meaning it is subject to additional protection from development and cannot be sold without locals having the chance to buy it first.

Speaking about the Haxey Hood Chairman of We Live Here Haxey, David Dawes said: “The famous games future existence is in serious danger, due to the owners of the Duke William applying for planning permission to change it from a pub to a residential property and take it out of the game of the Haxey Hood forever, which will put the future of the much loved ancient game in serious jeopardy.

“It isn’t just the game that will suffer, many local charities and organisations around the Isle benefit from money raised by the Lord and boggins during Hood Week every year, they will suffer too, the wider Isle economy will suffer also, as the Hood is ever growing in popularity which results in more people visiting and bringing in more trade for the greater Isle area.

Planning applicant and Duke William owner Mr Chapman said the application would provide much needed housing in the area.

He added: “There has already been a meeting about the Haxey Hood being run from Haxey Village Hall and having a large marquee and bar on site, in the past I have been described as a greedy landlord, so instead of all the greedy landlords getting the money from the Haxey Hood why don’t they run it themselves and all the profits they make can go to local charities, it’s not rocket science, it’s common sense which is sadly lacking in this area. To comment on the plans visit - ref PA/2018/814