Petition fights to save ‘jewel of the town’

The Norman King pub was attacked by an arsonist in August 2011
The Norman King pub was attacked by an arsonist in August 2011
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A last ditch effort to save the historic Norman King pub from demolition has mustered the support of more than 1,110 town residents.

Last month Dunstable Gazette revealed that a planning application has been lodged to demolish the structure and replace it with an extension for the Old Palace Hotel.

Now, three weeks before Central Beds Council planning officers are set to decide on the proposal, an online petition calling for a reprieval of the historic pub has attracted the mass of signatures.

The petition states: “We want people to make their voice heard to stop this happening and for plans to be made to rebuild using the remaining walls where possible.

“Rather than a new building with maybe just a representative plaque, we would rather see the building rebuilt in its former timber and thatched style so that future generations can understand and enjoy its historical significance.”

The resident behind the petition, who asked not to be named, told Dunstable Gazette that the pub is the ‘jewel of the town’.

> For the full story read today’s Dunstable Gazette