VIDEO: Villagers protest against planned Dunholme pub demolition
Villagers turned out in their droves to protest against plans to demolish a former Dunholme pub.
Around 70 people crammed into the small space around the Lord Nelson pub, at 6pm on Friday, September 6.
The protest saw young families and some older residents holding banners, placards, and shouting chants.
The demonstration followed plans by the Lincolnshire Co-operative to replace the pub with a new foodstore.
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The peaceful protest was organised by the Save Dunholme Amenities Action Group, which wants the building to remain a pub.
Craig Duncan, chairman of the group, said the plans would leave the village without a community point.
“It is the centre of the village,” he said.
“It is a focal point for the community in every respect as a building and as a community facility; it would be a major loss to the whole community if it disappeared.
“Having a Co-op here would very likely put the Spar out of business, the Postmaster is housed by the Spar and with that the Post Office could disappear.”
Karoline Ottewell, one of the residents protesting, said the loss of the pub would be “heartbreaking”.
Another protester, 55-year-old resident Anjum Sawhney, said: “We want to work with them and support them. All we want to do is co-operate and work with them.”
Lincolnshire Co-operative say members of the public can comment during the planning process.
They had held an information session for residents in July.
Emma Snedden, spokesman for Lincolnshire Co-op, said: “We have had positive feedback about these proposals from people in Dunholme, though we do acknowledge that there are others in the village who would prefer the site to be used in a different way.”
Watch a short clip of the protest here.