I’ll fight to the end against pub plans

Battle – Alf Papworth

Battle – Alf Papworth

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THE chairman of a residents’ association has vowed to fight to the ‘bitter end’ to stop a pub opening on a community park.

Restaurant chain Hungry Horse could open a branch in John H Burrows Park, Hadleigh, as part of a £3million regeneration project including improved sports changing facilities and a 180-space car park.

Alf Papworth, chairman of the Solby Estate Residents’ Association, said he has applied for lottery funding in a bid to revamp Hadleigh Hall – although it is anticipated repairs will cost about £750,000.

Mr Papworth, who has also written to Prime Minister David Cameron asking for his help to stop the pub opening, has led the campaign and started a petition which has attracted almost 1,100 signatures.

He says he will do all he can to stop the pub opening and will raise money any way he can.

Mr Papworth said: “I will not be ignored in regard to these plans.

“I will fight tooth and nail to keep a pub off this land, as it is so important to keep the park safe for children.

“The lottery funding is not out of reach.

“We have applied for anything up to £750,000 and although it is unlikely we will reach that sum, we would like to be recognised for the work we do and we are always looking to do more.”

Mr Papworth said he wrote to the Prime Minister in a desperate bid to get further support for his plight and says he will receive a response in the next week.

“We need all the help we can get and I am hopeful of a positive resolution.”

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9:20am Wed 5 Mar 14

Russ13 says...

Not quite sure what the problem is here? How is having a Hungry Horse pub, which is one of the more family friendly chains going to affect the safety of kids and others using the park?

I'd guess the park is already used by a number of people who are under the influence of alcohol (groups of teenagers in the evenings for example).

In the current economic climate, if a company is willing to invest in a project like this they should be welcomed!
Not quite sure what the problem is here? How is having a Hungry Horse pub, which is one of the more family friendly chains going to affect the safety of kids and others using the park? I'd guess the park is already used by a number of people who are under the influence of alcohol (groups of teenagers in the evenings for example). In the current economic climate, if a company is willing to invest in a project like this they should be welcomed! Russ13
  • Score: 7

9:37am Wed 5 Mar 14

Sweet P says...

Seven licenced restaurants in Hadleigh now do we need more? The Crown closed because of lack of customers. If the Hungry Horse need a new pub revamp that one.
Seven licenced restaurants in Hadleigh now do we need more? The Crown closed because of lack of customers. If the Hungry Horse need a new pub revamp that one. Sweet P
  • Score: 9

11:07am Wed 5 Mar 14

Rat-man says...

What a selfish unpleasant old man. It's people like him that get NIMBYs a bad name. He has no concerns about the future generations all he is concerned about stooping something that will prove highly popular with families and children.

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What a selfish unpleasant old man. It's people like him that get NIMBYs a bad name. He has no concerns about the future generations all he is concerned about stooping something that will prove highly popular with families and children. I Rat-man
  • Score: 10

11:45am Wed 5 Mar 14

smiffy1980 says...

The land on that site is easily big enough to convert into a pub and area for kids and sport to be played. The changing rooms there are only open during the football times at the weekend and are falling apart. Windows boarded up, damp everywhere. Surely investment into the land is a good thing. At least it will be used again and provide some local jobs.
The land on that site is easily big enough to convert into a pub and area for kids and sport to be played. The changing rooms there are only open during the football times at the weekend and are falling apart. Windows boarded up, damp everywhere. Surely investment into the land is a good thing. At least it will be used again and provide some local jobs. smiffy1980
  • Score: 5

12:21pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

He might succeed only to have the council sell it off for housing...
He might succeed only to have the council sell it off for housing... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 3

12:51pm Wed 5 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

wrote to cameron, you gotta laugh ! as if he'd give a monkeys about some chavy pub being stuck in the back end of nowhere.....
wrote to cameron, you gotta laugh ! as if he'd give a monkeys about some chavy pub being stuck in the back end of nowhere..... pembury53
  • Score: 8

3:16pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Democrat says...

Dear Alf.

I suspect you and I are of an age, but .......... when the Solby Estate, of which you are the Chairman of the Residents Association, was first built on a greenfield site, someone like you probably objected. I expect that you are glad that the objectors failed. Now you are objecting to a community facility, that will bring visitors and their money, enhance and add to the area, and give local people jobs in the catering industry. After all a Hungry Horse does what it says on the tin. It is a restaurant as well as a pub. I don't know about you, but I enjoy taking my sons and grandchildren for a meal.

I buy lottery tickets and I am not sure I want the lottery fund financing a £750,000 repair of a hall that clearly has not been used enough to pay for repairs. The Hungry Horse development according to the Echo will also modernise the sports facilities. To me it is a no brainer. In your words -"I will not be ignored in regard to these plans." Although of course I don't count for anything.
Dear Alf. I suspect you and I are of an age, but .......... when the Solby Estate, of which you are the Chairman of the Residents Association, was first built on a greenfield site, someone like you probably objected. I expect that you are glad that the objectors failed. Now you are objecting to a community facility, that will bring visitors and their money, enhance and add to the area, and give local people jobs in the catering industry. After all a Hungry Horse does what it says on the tin. It is a restaurant as well as a pub. I don't know about you, but I enjoy taking my sons and grandchildren for a meal. I buy lottery tickets and I am not sure I want the lottery fund financing a £750,000 repair of a hall that clearly has not been used enough to pay for repairs. The Hungry Horse development according to the Echo will also modernise the sports facilities. To me it is a no brainer. In your words -"I will not be ignored in regard to these plans." Although of course I don't count for anything. Democrat
  • Score: 6

4:38pm Wed 5 Mar 14

andy:) says...

Sweet P wrote:
Seven licenced restaurants in Hadleigh now do we need more? The Crown closed because of lack of customers. If the Hungry Horse need a new pub revamp that one.
There is only one pub now in Hadleigh, the Castle..plenty of pubs come and go not neccassarily dsue to lack of customers, I doubt whether Hungry Horse are dumb enough to open a pub that will be empty, they are also known mainly for food at cheap prices and I suspect they will actually do quite well.

Yes, there are far too many Nimbys, I personally know that there are many local residents who support this new pub, it will be a pleasant cheap place to eat and drink and anyone who thinks that the existing buildings will be rebuilt is living in cloud cuckoo land, just read the story above, raising £750,000, writing to David Cameron..ha
[quote][p][bold]Sweet P[/bold] wrote: Seven licenced restaurants in Hadleigh now do we need more? The Crown closed because of lack of customers. If the Hungry Horse need a new pub revamp that one.[/p][/quote]There is only one pub now in Hadleigh, the Castle..plenty of pubs come and go not neccassarily dsue to lack of customers, I doubt whether Hungry Horse are dumb enough to open a pub that will be empty, they are also known mainly for food at cheap prices and I suspect they will actually do quite well. Yes, there are far too many Nimbys, I personally know that there are many local residents who support this new pub, it will be a pleasant cheap place to eat and drink and anyone who thinks that the existing buildings will be rebuilt is living in cloud cuckoo land, just read the story above, raising £750,000, writing to David Cameron..ha andy:)
  • Score: 4

4:44pm Wed 5 Mar 14

andy:) says...

I note that in the above story, Mr Papworth does not put forward even one reason why he is oppossed to the new pub !
I note that in the above story, Mr Papworth does not put forward even one reason why he is oppossed to the new pub ! andy:)
  • Score: 1

5:42pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Sweet P wrote:
Seven licenced restaurants in Hadleigh now do we need more? The Crown closed because of lack of customers. If the Hungry Horse need a new pub revamp that one.
Because it's an ugly building and how can a family pub be on a roundabout
[quote][p][bold]Sweet P[/bold] wrote: Seven licenced restaurants in Hadleigh now do we need more? The Crown closed because of lack of customers. If the Hungry Horse need a new pub revamp that one.[/p][/quote]Because it's an ugly building and how can a family pub be on a roundabout Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 0

9:34pm Wed 5 Mar 14

mag1968 says...

It will lower the tone, its daws heath for gods sake. Standards darling !!
It will lower the tone, its daws heath for gods sake. Standards darling !! mag1968
  • Score: -1

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