The Flying Pig pub on Hills Road must be retained in any new development says Dan Summerbell, newly elected Lib Dem city councillor for the area.
Cllr Summerbell says that last week’s public exhibition and the online petition have surely demonstrated to the developer of the wider Betjemen House site that they must make it a priority to retain the pub – both as an ongoing business and as one of Hills Road’s oldest original buildings, which is respected by what gets designed around it.
“Cambridge must be able to move forward, but it must be able to take its icons with it,” says Cllr Summerbell. “The presence of this 1840s pub humanises what is otherwise becoming a quite cold, institutional stretch of Hills Road. It thrives as a warm, much-loved destination for the surrounding community and it must not be put in a position where it is forced to die.
“I have spoken to the publican and the developer and I think there is a good understanding that a mothballing of the Flying Pig while construction goes on would kill the business. So, another solution is needed and I believe that there is a will to find it. This maybe challenging, but by showing imagination and working to realise the hopes of the community, reputations can be enhanced. I encourage the developer to keep thinking creatively.”