Motorbike museum revs up for summer opening

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A MOTORBIKE museum is to open at an East Riding pub after planners overruled neighbours’ objections.

Vito Logozzi, landlord of the Goodmanham Arms, now hopes to get the museum housing his collection of vintage bikes up and running by the end of July.

Goodmanham Parish Council objected to the planning application, along with four villagers, who were concerned about parking and noise.

Neighbours were concerned that the extension, although small, “will intensify the use of the site and lead to further noise complaints”.

But the landlord, originally from Stigliano, Lucania, in Italy, who started riding a Vespa aged 14 and counts his prized possession as a 1932 BSA, said councillors had been “brilliant” by backing his plan.

Last year Mr Logozzi was told to take down a pirate flag which had been flying in a children’s play area for over a year, after complaints from neighbours.

East Riding Council later dropped any action.

Mr Logozzi, who said none of the complainants drank at the pub, said: “It’s not a really big extension because parking space is limited, it will look like a little garage with a work-bench, a rocking chair so people can sit and have a pint.

“The council was absolutely brilliant.

“They receive applications every week for rural businesses shutting down; they couldn’t see anything wrong in a little country pub having a little extension.

“It’s in keeping with the pub, just a little vintage motorbike museum.”

The quaint pub, which also has a microbrewery, has built up a following for its beers from Yorkshire breweries and special dishes, including gipsy hotpot cooked over an open fire. Earlier this year it won the title Remarkable Pub at the Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards.

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