‘Save our Ship’ gains ground

Brett Jones's campaign to retain the Ship Inn is gathering momentum.
Brett Jones's campaign to retain the Ship Inn is gathering momentum.

A CAMPAIGN to save an historic former pub in Swinton from the bulldozers has attracted widespread support in the town.

The Ship Inn has been closed ever since Rotherham Council bought it in 2009 as part of a project to improve the area around the Dearne and Dove Canal.

The authority confirmed recently that there are no plans to use it in the future for commercial use, and councillor Ken Wyatt revealed that a report recommended the best option would be to replace it with housing.

But the former landlord, Brett Jones, is campaigning to save the 250-year-old pub from demolition – and has launched an online petition.

Around 200 people have now signed the ‘Abolish the Demolish!’ petition.

Brett, 46, said: “The fact that this amount of people have put their names to it shows how well known the venue was.

“I have set an online target of getting up to 1,000 signatures, and I think we have a good chance of getting that many.

“I want to show the council that just building housing on there is not the way to go forward, as many people have fond memories of the place.”

He added that he is also considering putting in a bid to buy the pub from the council to safeguard its future.

“There are a few businessmen who I have had discussions with and if its viable then we would look at taking over the building.”

Rotherham Council have said that the building was purchased as part of a masterplan to improve the Swinton Canal area.

Though no specific plans have been put forward, the authority said discussions are ongoing with local residents and community groups to see how the area can be improved.

You can find Brett’s petition at: www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/theshipswinton/0/9