Doncaster councillors in row over historic pub

Two Doncaster councillors have argued over proposed changes to turn one of the town’s oldest pubs into bedsits.

The plans, put forwards by recommendation officer Elizabeth Maw, involve the top floor of the Horse and Jockey pub being turned into 13 bedsits.

The proposals have been met with stiff opposition, with planning enforcement officer Don Sorsby arguing that the proposals would worsen the current issue of rubbish being thrown from the top floor of the pub.

Mr Sorsby is also a representative of Unison, whose Doncaster offices are directly opposite the now closed pub. Unison has raised complaints over the rubbish, saying that Doncaster Unison are now dealing with a rat infestation on their premises.

In a public letter, the councillor said: “The existing tenants deposit rubbish out of windows or over the wall into the next door site.

“I hope that this will go to the planning committee and speakers can elucidate upon the concerns relating to the expansion.”

Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) have also discussed the plans, arguing that the building’s historic importance means it should keep its key characteristics.

The pub was named, ‘best surviving public houses in Yorkshire’ in 2011.

However, Ms Maw argued that the development will provide low cost housing close to the centre of town and will prevent the current issues in the pub from getting worse.

Councillors on the planning committee will meet on 11 December to decide whether these proposals will go ahead.