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Residents Fight Popular Pub's Demolition

Monday July 21 2014

MORE than 1,000 people have signed a petition calling for a popular Barnsley pub to be saved from demolition.

Plans to close and then flatten the Kings Head on Darton Lane, Mapplewell, and replace it with a Sainsbury's store went before the council's planning board last Tuesday.

The decision has been deferred for a site visit.

Punch Taverns, who own the site, says it plans to close the pub - even if its application to redevelop the site is rejected.

Regular Stuart Branchflower, 64, lives just down the road and said the pub is "thriving".

He presented a 1,000-strong petition to the council calling for the pub to be saved.

"It's a proper pub, not one of those pubs where all they're bothered about is serving food," he said. "It did have a bit of a dip in trade under the last landlord but a new team at the pub has turned all that around.

"Sainsbury's intend to flatten our local in order to build another supermarket which the village neither wants nor needs."

Sainsbury's say if the plans are approved they will develop a 4,000 sq ft Local store with around 20 car parking spaces and a cash machine.

The store, they say, would also create up to 20 full and part-time jobs.

A spokesman said: "A new Sainsbury's will benefit Mapplewell and its shoppers by providing additional choice, regenerating the site and helping to support the vibrancy of the local shopping area."

What do you think? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by baz on Monday July 21 2014 at 12:13
its a shithole ,full of young uns screaming and crying and fighting and shouting,it makes way to much noise,and the carpark is used for drug dealing..KNOCK IT DARN

Reply Posted by CJ on Monday July 21 2014 at 12:55
Car park will still be used for dealing whether it's a pub or shop Baz ya pillock

Reply Posted by Holly Rowe on Monday July 21 2014 at 13:04
Village does not need another shop we have 2 costcutters a rythm n booze, a co-op.. another shop will just take business away and affect all the local trade... and baz where ever u go pub carparks are used for drug dealing

Reply Posted by richard on Tuesday July 22 2014 at 18:20
Funny I thought pub car parks were used mainly by drink drivers ;-)

Reply Posted by Gaz on Monday July 21 2014 at 13:05
I've never been in but it looks so busy in beer garden at weekends. I like sainsburys but we already have coop and costcutter. Would be nice if the land could be used more effectively

Reply Posted by Dan on Monday July 21 2014 at 18:22
I wouldn't worry sainsburys will offer the biggest wad of £ notes

Reply Posted by Fred on Monday July 21 2014 at 20:50
It doesn't matter how many signatures you get..... It's a done deal, failing punch tavern = Sainsbury's. Fact!

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Tuesday July 22 2014 at 13:14
Sad state of affairs when one of the oldest pubs in the area is earmarked to be flattened because the greedy PubCo doesn't want to spend any money on it and will get a lot more for the site by again being greedy and selling the land to Sainsburys..

Greed, greed that's all it is.

One of the worst ever locations for a proposed mini supermarket.
If Miller gets the vote then i'm afraid the pubs chances of being saved are miniscule.

Reply Posted by Richard on Tuesday July 22 2014 at 18:22
WooHoo another shop for me to shoplift from,as I would rather send my benefits home to start building my nice big house,England good

Reply Posted by mr.T on Tuesday July 22 2014 at 18:32
1,000 people signed a petition to keep it open? hows about actually using the pub instead of sitting a home drinking? too little too late and as for the 'young uns' screaming, fighting, shouting these are local people if you pub does close the drinkers wont go with it......

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Saturday July 26 2014 at 10:45
I was one of the 1000 people that signed the petition.
Before anyone asks, yes I used to frequent the Kings Head in my youth and have popped in every now and again if we are out on a walk.

Why did I sign the petition?

simple really, I would rather have an old pub steeped in history saved from the wrecking ball rather than a sainsburys local that would be situated in the completely wrong place.
That bend is already a nightmare at the best of times and if / when the pub gets knocked down and the sainsburys built it is going to get a lot worse!