Ham & Blackbird at risk

Ham & Blackbird local press report

Ham & Blackbird local press report

The Ham & Blackbird is at risk.

The Ham & Blackbird is located in the middle of a busy roundabout, on a busy main road the A325, just outside Farnborough Station.

It was owned by Whitbread, who are doing their best to blight our towns with their tacky Premier Inns and Costa Coffee shops.

A greedy developer has acquired the Ham & Blackbird, and as is the wont of greedy developers, is already destroying the trees.

Ham & Blackbird

Ham & Blackbird

The proposal is 62 flats, mixed one and two bedrooms. It would be difficult to imagine a worse location, highly polluted, traffic noise, difficult and dangerous access, and totally inadequate parking.

As a pub, Ham & Blackbird is soulless, as much appeal as a bar in a Premier Inn or a Costa Coffee shop, but its loss is sill the loss of a pub, the fourth within less than a year in Farnborough.

Railway Hotel c 1903

Railway Hotel c 1903

The age of the pub, it has been there since at least 1873, commensurate with the arrival of the Victorian railway, previously known as New Inn and Railway Hotel, meets the criteria for it to listed as a building of local historical interest, and if it meeets the criteraia, then it has to be listed.

Tumbledown Dick, Imperial Arms, Old Courthouse, Ham & Blackbird, which pub will be next when the Rotten Borough of Rushmoor gets into bed with developers? Not content with trashing Aldershot and Farnborough, carrying out a policy of ethnic cleansing of local businesses, the local council now seems intent on destroying local pubs, and in doing so, also wiping out what little remains of local heritage.

Your local might be next. The Ship Inn is likely to be the next target.

The Swan Inn is at risk, now that it is owned by TAG. What business does the owner of Farnborough Airport have in owning a pub? A lot if you wish to expand the airort and the Public Safety Zone then encompaases the pub.

Just down the road, The Tumbledown Dick is to be destroyed for a Drive-Thru McDonald’s.

Just down the road, Firgrove Parade to be demolished destroying four local businesses. The trees on Firgrove Green have already been destroyed.

Unbelievable hypocrisy from Gareth Lyon, chair of the local planning committee, who stitched up a deal with McDonald’s to destroy The Tumbledown Dick for a Drive-Thru McDonald’s, whose chairing of the committee was a disgrace, who afterwards bragged that the committee had approved the plans he had agreed beforehand with McDonald’s.

Unbelievable hypocrisy from Gareth Lyon with his comments on trees.

There are a lot of large trees on the site and the council could object to any plans because of them.

Yes, and pigs might fly. The council can be relied upon to find the trees in poor state of health, refuse to serve Tree Preservation Orders, and do whatever it takes to facilitate development taking place, as the council did for Firgrove Green, and has done for many other unwanted developments.

Unbelievable hypocrisy by David Clifford, a local councillor who with Gareth Lyon and a second member of the planning committee, met with McDonald’s in secret, behind closed doors, behind the backs of the local community, and stitched up a deal with McDonald’s to destroy The Tumbledown Dick for a Drive-Thru McDonald’s, then when the planning committee did as they were told and rubber-stamped the plans, gloated on his blog that he was lovin’ it.

To date, the local community has been reacting to events. They must get ahead of the game:

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5 Responses to “Ham & Blackbird at risk”

  1. keithpp Says:

    Udate: Greedy developer has gone in and cut down all the trees.

    Note: Greedy devleoper has exhibition at St Peter´s Church Hall this Saturday. Please attend and make it very clear what you think of them.

  2. John Karban Says:

    Couldn’t agree more, Conservative-run Rushmoor Council seem to want the town dominated by large corporations. And when it comes to pubs, why are they so anti-pub? A town without pubs has no soul. No amount of fast-food drive-thrus compensates.

  3. keithpp Says:

    We have a rotten and corrupt council, that has nothing but contempt for the local community, local businesses, that is hell bent on trashing both Aldershot and Farnborough, destroying what little heritage is left, carrying out a policy of ethnic cleansing of local businesses.

    It is not only the Tories, we have a majority of councillors who are not fit for purpose, who fail to act on behalf and in the best interest of the local economy, local communinty, who fail to scrutinise what is put before them.

  4. KevinRCarter Says:

    A pointless exhibition at St Peters Church. Why bother? They are obviously going to build on the site so why pretend that local opinion has any say?

  5. keithpp Says:

    It is worth making the effort to go along, the more the merrier, to give the greedy developers a hard time.

    There is going to be ordinary members of the publc turning up, talk with them, encourage them to fight this rotten and corrupt council.

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