May I have a word about… a pen for mayor Patrick the pony | Jonathan Bouquet – Rights History
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May I have a word about… a pen for mayor Patrick the pony | Jonathan Bouquet

A Devon council has banned a popular four-legged official from a pub. You couldn’t make it up

What’s not to like about this story from last week? A Devonian mayor has been banned from his local, all because he’s a Shetland pony. When the unofficial mayor of Cockington died, there was a campaign to elevate Patrick, a four-year-old pony, to replace him. Patrick, a therapy pony, is a regular visitor to the Drum Inn, where he grazes in an “interaction pen” in the pub’s garden. Such is his popularity that he became mayor in July.

But not so fast. The pub has been told by council environment officers that it would need planning permission for his pen. And stand by for a barrow-load of officialese from Torbay council: “This is a designated conservation area and is next to a listed building and we need to ensure historic areas like this are protected from unauthorised development.”

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