People in Long Lawford have made it clear they do not want a local landmark turned into a house.
They have launched a campaign to stop the The Sheaf & Sickle in Coventry Road being developed.
The campaign has the full support of the Rugby branch of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), which is providing funding for the publicity.
Resident and TUSC candidate for Lawford & New Bilton in the county elections, Pete McLaren, initiated the campaign. He said: “I heard that the new owners of the Sheaf had filed a Planning Application to turn it into a private house. “I raised the issue at our TUSC meeting at the end of March, and there was unanimous backing to launch a campaign to try and prevent it. The Sheaf helped TUSC host the Jarrow marchers when they came to Rugby last year, and we regularly met there before and after campaigning.”
He said his family has enjoyed eating and drinking at the pub for 30 years.
Pete added: “We drew up a petition and a number of people signed it. We also launched an on-line petition, and after we had leafleted the estate nearest to the Sheaf, the response was amazing, and continues to be so. When I handed the petition in to Rugby Council’s Planning Department last Tuesday (April 9th), the deadline for objections to be received, there was a total of 126 signatures.”
Less than one week later, the figure stands at 206 signatures.
The Sheaf and Sickle provided a community facility for the whole village of Long Lawford and its surrounding areas.
Pete added: “The petition remains open to sign at http://bit.ly/129NpvE
“I have been told it will now be put to a Planning Committee meeting on April 24th, and the additional signatures will be forwarded.”