The Downley Donkey pub closes for the final time

Bucks Free Press: The Downley Donkey pub closes for final time The Downley Donkey pub closes for final time

THE Downley Donkey pub closed its doors for the final time on Sunday night, to the disappointment of villagers and its landlord.

Jim Anderson, 49, had only been at the helm of the Plomer Green Lane pub for a matter of weeks when he was ordered to shut it by Enterprise Inns, ahead of its expected transformation into a Morrisons Local store.

Mr Anderson said he had a long-term vision for the pub which included converting a garage into a stable to bring donkeys back to The Donkey.

He said: “We were forced to close on Sunday night. I’m gutted, especially with just one week’s notice given to us.

“It’s a community pub, which we like, we have good people up here, we had no trouble and everyone seemed pleased with what we were doing.

“But the response from the community has been unbelievable and if someone was able to buy it, we would come back in a heartbeat.”

Morrisons submitted a planning application to Wycombe District Council on Thursday asking for permission to build a single storey extension and make alterations to the existing building.

Downley Parish Council has also submitted an application to WDC to have The Donkey, as well as other key buildings in the village, registered as a Community Asset.

If the application is successful, the council would be able to match any bid for the property – but DPC chairman Cllr Barry Gay, who only found out about Morrisons’ plans last week, believes it is probably too late.

He said: “I think the horse has probably bolted here, we are very late on the scene as we simply knew nothing about it. Had we known anything we could have reacted a lot sooner.

“Feelings are running high in the village, everywhere I go people stop me and ask what we can do to stop it and we are doing all we can.

“But if it is to go through, which it probably is, we need to embrace Morrisons and get them to work with us to ensure it is a village store.”

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9:37am Wed 2 Apr 14

sundaydriver says...

Things move on guys - I first moved to Downley over 26 years ago when you drove through the fields to get to the village - now it is part of the monster that is High Wycombe.

All the peeps lamenting the loss of the Donkey will be trundling through the doors of Morrisons just as soon as it opens - it would of made a great McDonalds Drive Thru :)
Things move on guys - I first moved to Downley over 26 years ago when you drove through the fields to get to the village - now it is part of the monster that is High Wycombe. All the peeps lamenting the loss of the Donkey will be trundling through the doors of Morrisons just as soon as it opens - it would of made a great McDonalds Drive Thru :) sundaydriver
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10:28am Wed 2 Apr 14

big don g the 1st says...

sh1t hole anyway. with about 8 customers. better off shut.
sh1t hole anyway. with about 8 customers. better off shut. big don g the 1st
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10:35am Wed 2 Apr 14

sundaydriver says...

Maybe the picture above is airbrushed?
Maybe the picture above is airbrushed? sundaydriver
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12:03pm Wed 2 Apr 14

big don g the 1st says...

sundaydriver wrote:
Maybe the picture above is airbrushed?
there definitely were not that many people when I have been in there so maybe they were photoshopped in.

also notice only 4 out of about 20 or so people have drinks - no wonder the place has closed if only 20% of customers buy drinks. Look at them with their 'it's not my round' body language (arms crossed/hands in pockets).
[quote][p][bold]sundaydriver[/bold] wrote: Maybe the picture above is airbrushed?[/p][/quote]there definitely were not that many people when I have been in there so maybe they were photoshopped in. also notice only 4 out of about 20 or so people have drinks - no wonder the place has closed if only 20% of customers buy drinks. Look at them with their 'it's not my round' body language (arms crossed/hands in pockets). big don g the 1st
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