A bailiff star of the hit Channel 5 series Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away came knocking on its own door when it came to plans for its newly purchased pub.
Paul Bohill – who appeared on the show between 2014 and 2018 – was repeatedly visited as he, along with his pal Andrew Ward, tries to get The Plow Inn in Hollym, near Hull, back up and running.
But as the community banded together to help bring the abused drunk back to life, a complainant contacted the planning authority and asked them to investigate.
He claims facility staff were questioned about the restroom layouts, doors, outdoor tables, pool table and jukebox.
The enforcement officer even says he received a complaint about people smoking outside the pub and they were visited by police and health and safety officers.
The TV star was one of five original cast members of the series who accompanied High Court Solutions in enforcing cases against people who had failed to repay alleged debts or refused to vacate a property.
Mr Bohill said: “We are not trying to bend the rules and we understand why certain procedures apply, but we have now been visited by almost every public body.”
Paul Bohill (pictured outside the pub) was repeatedly visited as he, along with his pal Andrew Ward, tried to get the Plow Inn in Hollym, near Hull, back up and running
But as the community banded together to help bring the abused drunk back to life, a complainant contacted the planning authority and asked them to investigate
Facility staff were questioned about restroom layouts, doors, outdoor tables, pool table and jukebox
“Pubs are closing all over the country and we actually want to invest time and money into making this place a success and a community hub.”
“After all these visits, maybe smaller people have already given up and closed the shop.
“We would eventually like to have a commercial kitchen and serve food, we are registering The Plow Inn as a warm place offering free tea and coffee and we would like the local rugby team to come here after their games.”
“It’s becoming more and more concerning that someone wants to see us fail.”
The pub’s previous owners, who they have been with for 20 years, had only opened the pub once a week after the family fell ill and the building had fallen into disrepair when the duo set out to restore it to bring life to life.
But they faced a mammoth task – as it was usually very quiet and lacked modern facilities, the venue needed a lot of work to be a success.
Within a week, a group of volunteers from the village were busy cleaning, painting and decorating the place.
They urged the new owners to open as quickly as possible, so one side of the bar is open while the other side is still being renovated.
The pub’s previous owners, who they have been with for 20 years, had only opened the pub once a week after the family fell ill and the building had fallen into disrepair when the duo set out to restore it to bring life to life
Mr Bohill’s business partner has a campsite in the village and plans to use the pub to entertain punters.
The major changes are supported by many in the village, but fear the complainant could halt progress.
Paul continued: “When we first looked at it, plaster was falling off the walls, it was dirty and the toilets were terrible.”
“It was in a state of disrepair, so we had to completely renovate it.”
“Having a disabled friend, I know how important it is to make public spaces welcoming to everyone and always ask myself, ‘How would this work for a disabled person?'”
“While we waited for planning permission to build an extension to our original toilets, we needed to build a temporary emergency toilet block with disabled access.”
“It is important to us that we can get this facility available to people as quickly as possible, which is why we have been told we could subsequently obtain planning permission.”
“We had our own machines and materials ready and laid the groundwork for it.” However, this did not go down well with one complainant.
The TV star was one of five original cast members of the series who accompanied High Court Solutions in enforcing cases against people who had failed to repay alleged debts or refused to vacate a property. Pictured: Mr Bohill on Can’t Pay? We’ll take it along with co-star Ben Pinner
“We also found a covered door that was bricked up but was in the original plans, so we reopened it because it was wide enough to fit a wheelchair through. “Unfortunately there were objections to this too.”
Although East Riding of Yorkshire Council cannot provide detailed comment on an ongoing case, it confirmed that a complaint had been made.
Stephen Hunt, director of planning and development management at the council, said: “We have received a complaint about a possible breach of planning control and are currently investigating.”
Despite the ongoing complaints, many villagers are overjoyed that the pub is being revived. Brian and Valerie Kellett, who have been married for 66 years, said: “We are delighted that The Plow has reopened and is a hub for the community.”
“Having lost the post office, shop and school, this is an essential need for the village.” “As church members we look forward to tea and coffee after the service and being able to use the facility for the crop auction and quizzes .”
Ryan Kell, who manages the pub’s day-to-day operations, has spoken to residents about what they would like to see there. A woman from Hollym, who did not want to be named, said: “As a small village we are a close-knit community and everyone looks out for each other.”
“The pub is a meeting place where people can come together, share problems and enjoy their leisure time.” We need our local pub to restore village life as in previous years. “With Ryan looking to resume dining, billiards, darts and quiz nights, this is a future to look forward to.”
Hollym also has a fairly large senior community and the idea of making it a warm place appealed to many people. Husband and wife David and Sue Taylor praised The Plow for already becoming an asset to the village.
“I spoke more to my neighbors in the pub today than I have in years,” said David. “When we pass each other’s gardens we have a quick chat, but there’s nothing better than sitting down and having a real conversation.”
“I hope Ryan and Paul don’t give up because having a local is great for the people who live here.”