A COUPLE from Sheffield who own a historic Peak District pub have been ordered to make repairs to the building and tidy the grounds.
Peter and Julie Denton, of Hollow Meadows, have been issued with a Land Adversely Affecting Amenity of Neighbourhood Notice by the National Park Authority.
The couple have been ordered to clear gutters, replace slates, clean mould from stonework, repair rendering and repaint The Old Bull’s Head, Little Hucklow, which dates back to the 12th century and is believed to be Britain’s fifth-oldest pub.
National Park officials have also told them to rebuild an unstable corner of garden wall and remove all items strewn in the grounds. These include a derelict vehicle, fuel storage tank, old freezer, rubble, tyres and cabling.
Andrea McCaskie, head of law at the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “Steps are to be complied in full within five months of the date the notice takes effect, which is February 8.”
The pub was closed by the Dentons in 2005. The couple claimed it was ‘too small’ to make any money.
Attempts to de-licence the pub to convert it into a house have been rejected by National Park officials who want it to be reopened.