Sunday, 6 March 2011

NEW PLANS FOR TOWNS OLDEST PUB The oldest Public House in Long Eaton is to be turned into a restaurant a shop and flats. Erewash Borough Council have received the following planning application. Conversion of public house to restaurant and creation of retail unit to ground floor. Conversion of first and second floor to 3x self contained flats, erection of a single storey extension and 2m high fencing to rear at The Top House 45 Market Place Long Eaton.

The Top House was built on the west side of the Market Place that was once occupied by a row of cottages destroyed in the late 17th century.

On Friday May 12th 1693, a great fire devastated the centre of Long Eaton. In less than two hours 14 houses burned down along with many outbuildings, barns and their contents. There is no record of what arrangements were in place for such an event. There was not a fire engine in the town until 1855. If the Old Bell ceases to be a public house the mantle of oldest pub in the town would pass on to either The New Inn or The Blue Bell both were built around 1790.

BUS WAR HOTS UP.... by C. R. Davis

Latest development in the bus war in Long Eaton is that TrentBarton through their offshoot Midland General have decided to wipe out Gill's no.8 bus service. Their no. 4 now travels in front of it from Monday 28th February.

As predicted, following the demise of Premiere's Red 4, it no longer serves Briar Gate, which pretty much goes to show these services are only there for as long as it takes to eliminate the competition- do you really want big bus companies to dictate the nature and pattern of the bus service? It is up to you to make a choice. You know the consequences.

Representations can be made to Jessica Lee MP Tel: 0207 219 7067. Further information may be found at www.derbyshire.gov.uk & going to Public transport/Timetables/Online timetable library.

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