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Devon News. Guinness’ Shetland pony banned from pub after being appointed mayor | Great Britain | news

Council bosses have banned the Guinness-loving horse from The Drum Inn in Cockington after he was given his special title at a ceremony on July 23.

The honor was awarded in response to an online campaign to elect him to the position following the death of previous mayor Don Mills.

Despite his job title, Patrick, a miniature Shetland, is now in trouble after the planning enforcer told the pub they need planning permission to allow him to graze in the pub’s garden.

Patrick’s owners Kirk and Hannah Petrakis said they were “shocked and upset” by the move, which they fear will leave the horse injured, and have already removed the fence from the animal’s “interaction pen” at the facility.

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37-year-old Mrs. Petrakis said. “It was really traumatic. We are just blown away by it.

“We don’t want to go down the planning route because it costs money and it’s likely to be rejected.

“It’s really sad. We are all very upset about it.”

Mr. Petrakis, 44, added: “We’ve been very upset over the last two days, but I’ve been overwhelmed by the messages of support.”

While the pony was recently relocated due to a lack of suitable winter pastures, she regularly returns to Cocklinton with Mr and Mrs Petrakis.

He said. “I am amazed that this was the reaction of the council. There really must be more important things they could be doing with their time right now.

“To put it simply, this pen was not his home. they were not stable buildings. It’s just a small wooden pen in a village famous for horse and carriage rides.

“I’m delighted to be working with Kirk and Hannah, his owners, to get him back to doing his bit for the local community.”

“We can confirm that following a complaint from a member of the public, a case has been opened regarding the installation of unauthorized wooden fences and the display of advertising in the beer garden of the Drum Inn in Cockington.

“This is in a designated conservation area and is next to a listed building and we need to ensure that historic areas like this are protected from unauthorized development.”

They added: “The council has not received or approved any planning applications for horse fencing or change of use.

“Officers have now raised concerns about the suitability of these unauthorized works, the potential change of land use and the impact this is having on the conservation area and nearby listed building.

“We have written to the owner of the public house informing them that the works are considered a breach of planning legislation.

“We are now encouraging them to engage with the planning department to find a more acceptable solution, either to remove the works or to submit a retrospective planning application.”



Devon News. Guinness’ Shetland pony banned from pub after being appointed mayor | Great Britain | news

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