Death of The Lord Nelson

The Lord Nelson

The Lord Nelson

The Lord Nelson is a 200-year-old pub in the Lincolnshire village of Dunholme, not far outside of Lincoln.

The Co-op bought The Lord Nelson earlier this year with the intention of demolishing for a Co-op Store.

My understanding is, the local council has now rubber-stamped the demolition of the pub for a Co-op.

If the local council has approved demolition, then shame on the planners, shame on the local councillors, and shame on the Co-op.

The Co-op likes to portray itself as community spirited. Greenwash! The Rochdale Pioneers would be turning in their graves.

If the pub was previously owned by a pubco, then no, it would not have been viable, as pubcos are screwing pub landlords into the ground, then when the pub goes under, sell off for redevelopment.

There is much that can and should have been done, and serves as a warning to protect other pubs at risk.

Was the pub registered as an Asset of Community Value under the Localism Act? If not why not? ACV status would have given the local community first refusal to buy the pub, and six months in which to raise the money.

Has the local authority a Pub Protection Policy in place? If not, why not? Check out the excellent Cambridge policy and adopt locally.

Was the pub locally listed as a building of local historical importance? If not, why not? Does the local council have in place a policy of listing local buildings of local importance? If not, why not? Were there such a policy, this building would have merited a listing. It could not then have been demolished.

We are seeing incredibly short sightedness on the part of the Co-op. Having bought The Lord Nelson, it should have been leased to the local community at a peppercorn rent to run as a community pub.

Even at this late stage, the pub can be saved. The Co-op needs to be lobbied hard.

We are losing 26 pubs a week. Sometimes they are in the wrong place. Sometimes they are badly run. But in the main it is because pubcos are screwing pub landlords, then when the pub fails, it is sold off for redevelopment. A process aided and abetted by corrupt planners in the pocket of developers and useless councillors who are happy to pocket their expenses but failing to act for their local communities.

Last month we saw The Rotten Borough of Rushmoor planning committee vote to demolish The Tumbledown Dick for a Drive Thru McDonald’s.

This morning the bailiffs were due to go in to board-up The Alma in Newington Green, a thriving Victorian pub destroyed by a greedy pubco.

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2 Responses to “Death of The Lord Nelson”

  1. andy Says:

    put pressure on the Coop to sell or lease it back to the community via petition

  2. keithpp Says:

    I agree. Why is no one doing anything?

    Publish the names and e-mail addresses of the Co-op Directors. Let us name and shame.

    The Co-op funds local politicians. Who are they, what are they doing?

    It is not only The Lord Nelson.

    Last week we saw the hard working landlady of The Alma in Newington Green, Islington, kicked out of pub and home by the thugs at zombie pubco Enterprise Inns.

    We are losing 26 pubs a week!

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