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Pamela's delight at support for petition
5:17pm Tuesday 24th June 2014 in News
PUB campaigner Pamela Lavers is calling for more villagers to add their names to a growing petition.
More than 130 people have signed the petition calling for action over a boarded-up former pub in only six days.
The petition was started by Miss Lavers, who is concerned over the deteriorating condition of the former Black Greyhound.
The empty building is on the main road between Wincham and Northwich, at the junction of Church Street and Hall Lane, and is a prominent local landmark.
Miss Lavers, from Church Street, Wincham, decided to start a petition in a bid to put pressure on the building’s owners to do something about the building.
The petition calls for the former pub to be demolished or redeveloped, and it can be signed at the Spar Shop in Linnards Lane, off Church Street, Wincham.
“The clipboard with the petition form is on the counter next to where people pay, with the Guardian article about the petition above it,” said Miss Lavers.
“I am keen to publicise the petition because people visiting the Spar shop may ignore it if they don’t realise what it is.
“Everyone uses the Spar shop, and I plan to leave the petition there for several weeks.
“I want to get as many names on the petition as I can in order to show the strength of feeling in the village about the Black Greyhound.
“I am pleased with the fact that 130 people signed the petition in the first six days it has been at the shop, and when I started it was hoping to get a few hundred names.”
Miss Lavers is well known in the village for her regular litter picks, and is concerned about the negative impression the former pub gives of Wincham.
The agent for the owners of the building was invited to attend last Wednesday’s meeting of Wincham Parish Council to discuss the future of the building, but was unable to attend because of a family illness.
The parish council agreed to write to Cheshire West and Chester Council about the condition of the building and the surrounding footpaths.
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