North Northamptonshire villagers prepared for ‘almighty fight’ in bid to save last pub

Residents are campaigning to save The George pub in Ashley.
Residents are campaigning to save The George pub in Ashley.

Residents of a north Northamptonshire village say they are prepared for ‘an almighty fight’ after plans were submitted to turn their last pub into houses.

Kettering Council has received an application to convert The George pub in Ashley, five miles west of Corby, to two dwellings.

If approved, the Welland Valley village would be left without a pub - and its residents are up in arms.

Stephen Castens, chairman of the Ashley Parish Council, said: “We’ve already received countless expressions of concern from Ashley residents, young and old.

“The Parish Council will be objecting to the application, and from the feedback, we expect the residents to add their weight in numbers – I can’t see anyone taking this without an almighty fight.”

David “Chaddy” Chadwick has lived in Ashley all of his life.

He said: “It’s a focal point for me, my family and friends – truly a community pub.

“I’m semi-retired now, and love to see others down in The George.”

Residents are intending to send their objections to Kettering Council, its councillors and their MP, with a petition at the village’s farm shop.

The agent acting on behalf of the new owner has been contacted for a comment.

For more details, visit the village website.