Sir George speaks to Christopher Hopkinson of the “Save the Axe” campaign in East End.
“As the MP for a rural constituency, I am concerned that the villages are becoming less viable as they lose schools, police stations, shops, Post Offices and pubs. They can then become just dormitories, with no sense of community, no communal place for people to meet.”
“I was most impressed that so many villagers came out on the evening of April 25th to demonstrate their support for the local pub. I am sure this will be a civilised campaign, focussed on the planning issues involved”
Sir George has also backed the campaign in Stoke to save the White Hart.
“No one is asking the pub trade to keep open a pub that cannot earn its keep. These businesses are viable, given the right landlord or landlady and strong local support”
The future of the Axe and Compasses at East End rests with Basingstoke and Deane Council to decide on whether to take enforcement action in connection with an alleged change of use.