A row is brewing in a battle to save a village pub from the bulldozers.
A planning application has been made to Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council by a private developer to demolish the Davenport Arms at Calveley and build five detached homes on the site.
But residents say it is the only pub in the village and if it closed down, they will have to walk along the notoriously dangerous A51 road to the Tollemache Arms at Alpraham, or the other way to The Barbridge or Jolly Tar.
Rob Konieczny, who is writing a letter of protest to the borough council, said: 'The Davenport is not just the only pub in the village, it is the only public place where locals can get together.
'These days you dare not even have a pint and then drive, so if anyone in the village fancied a drink they would have to walk into Barbridge or Alpraham and everyone knows how dangerous the A51 is.
'It is not just locals who use the Davenport. With it being so near to the canal lots of boating people also use it.'
Mr Konieczny, who is also a member of Calveley Parish Council, added: 'We have had a meeting about it and the parish as a body is also opposing the closure.'
Shirley Barnes, Margaret Weaver and Helen Bostock, who all live within a couple of minutes' walk of the pub are so upset about the planned closure that as well as writing to the council, they are contacting their MP, Stephen O'Brien.
Mrs Barnes said: 'The area does not need any more houses.
'In fact, when the last developments at The Chantry and Gowy Court were completed two or three years ago we were told that there would be no further housing development.' Mrs Bostock added: 'The Davenport Arms is the only community building in the area. It is a shame that villages keep losing everything to make way for houses.'
The pub is run by Mick and Jan Merrick, and had been shut down when they took it over five years ago.
They were former licensees of the Wilbraham Arms, Nantwich and said that despite their efforts to build up trade, it was not good. They did not wish to comment further.
A Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council spokesman confirmed a planning application to demolish the Davenport Arms and build houses on had been submitted by John Edwards Architects of Tarporley on behalf of businessman, Malcolm Rose.
He added that, at this stage, plan-ners had not made any recommendation on whether the application should be granted.