Fight to save historic pub from demolition

Parish councillor and villagers fight to save their 300 year old pub after plans submitted to knock it down - Tuesday 18/12 1pm - George Street, South Hiendley'Pictured: Parish Cllr Glenis Kemshell with concerned residents
Parish councillor and villagers fight to save their 300 year old pub after plans submitted to knock it down - Tuesday 18/12 1pm - George Street, South Hiendley'Pictured: Parish Cllr Glenis Kemshell with concerned residents

A PUB that has proudly stood in a village for more than 300 years is set to be demolished to make room for 10 new houses.

The Fox Inn has been at the centre of South Hiendley for centuries and parish councillors and villagers are fighting to preserve it for future generations.

fox inn south hiendley

fox inn south hiendley

A planning application to knock down the pub and build the homes was granted in 2009, but more detailed plans of the layout, scale and external appearance of the homes was submitted to Wakefield Council earlier this month.

Three years ago the pub closed and was bought by its current owner, Dennis Higgs, 18 months ago.

But the parish council and other villagers are desperately hoping the owner will withdraw plans and let villagers buy the building to restore it to its former glory.

Parish councillor Glenis Kemshell, who lives nearby the pub on George Street, has vowed to do everything she can to save the pub.

Coun Kemshell unsuccessfully tried to get the building listed. But because it did not have an intrinsic feature – the listed building request was refused. The said: “It’s the oldest building we have in the village and has so much historical importance. It means so much to everyone in the village.”

The building was first a farm and turned into a pub when its owners started brewing cereal crops.

She said: “Everyone I have spoken to in the village is gutted about it. We just want to preserve it for future generations to enjoy, just like we have.

“It’s so sad and I just hope it can be saved and be a pub again. I know pubs are closing ten to the penny these days, but it’s an integral part of our village.”

She the building was also attracting vandals. Wakefield Council planning department have until January 2 to make comments and then a decision will be made.

The Express tried to contact Mr Higgs.