Use space well if King's Arms is to be closed

First published in Postbag

WITH reference to your report "Historic pub is no longer viable" (Journal, February 27) concerning the future of the King's Arms public house in Downton, I would like to make clear that I did not say that "jobs for its working class patrons from times past had all disappeared".

I mentioned the loss of the railway station, the tannery, the bacon factory and Chipperfield's Bakery and Grocery as examples of businesses which are now residential properties (or as in the case of the station, totally obliterated and housing on the site) and I did not want to see the King's Arms being added to the list.

I am not a member of the King's Arms supporters group, but speak from my heart as a true Downtonian, and although I voted against the change of use, I would agree that if it cannot be saved as a public house, Mrs Sutcliffe's proposed plans are sympathetic to the original building.

Julia Whitmarsh, Downton Parish Councillor

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