What’s in a name? Well, if it’s a pub’s title, a bit of a row, if you were at this week’s meeting of Harborough District Council.
The new owners of The Old Greyhound pub in Great Glen have changed its name to The Pug and Greyhound.
But they should have got planning permission first, because their new signs have been put up on a Grade II-listed building in a designated “Area of Special Control”.
Great Glen Parish Council objected to the name-change in a letter to the district council, arguing that the old name was a link to local history.
The parish council explained: “The site dates back to the 1760s when it was a coaching inn.
“The Neales family were the lords of the manor at the time The Old Greyhound was built and the name derives from their coat of arms which featured three greyhounds.”
There were also seven letters from villagers arguing that the new signs were inappropriate and ignored the pub’s history.
But in a passionate speech to council planners at Tuesday night’s meeting, one of the pub’s new co-directors Matthew Crowther said he had turned a dead business into an asset for Great Glen.
He told councillors his team had pumped £150,000 of their own money into the pub, increased sales by 65 per cent and now employ 16 locals.
He said at a time when 29 pubs a week are closing in England, his venture deserved council support.
He argued that new signs showed potential customers at a glance that there was new management at the pub.
And he concluded that his team had created “a village local to be proud of, and the new signage is crucial to the business”.
Council officers agreed the new signs were in-keeping with the character of the pub.
Councillors agreed unanimously to allow the new signs, and the new name, to stay.