Developer Ed Earnshaw outside the Worlsey pub in Wroxall.
THE gauntlet thrown down by a developer to villagers to save their pub resulted in pledges totalling just £300.
Developer Ed Earnshaw had appealed for £190,000 as a response to a campaign launched from his New Zealand home by former Wroxall resident, Chris Gardner, who wanted to save the closed Worsley.
Mr Earnshaw pledged to top it up with £10,000 from his own pocket.
Appuldurcombe estate archivist and former CP reporter Mr Gardner wants the building saved because of its relationship to the historic Appuldurcombe House.
But Mr Earnshaw plans to press ahead with demolishing extensions added in the 1960s and seek permission to knock down the main building and probably construct six properties on the site.
He promised to e-mail pictures to Mr Gardner of demolition work in progress.
In his e-mail to Mr Gardner, he said: "We are sorry, but not surprised, to report only three people have pledged their support for the former public house.
"We have received more offers of support for the building to be demolished and for new housing stock to be built in its place."
Mr Gardner said Mr Earnshaw had wrongly interpreted the message from villagers.
"They’re more concerned about saving a historic building, which has stood at the heart of the village since it was built, he said.
"There’s no reason why The Worsley couldn’t be converted for another use, instead of being wantonly vandalised."
There was concern over "dangerous" car access, he said.
But Mr Earnshaw said: "There will be fewer cars accessing the site after it is developed than when it was a pub.
"The existing building would make a really nice house but there is a financial aspect to this and we will be applying for planning permission.
"We do not yet have a timescale for that taking place."