Pub campaigners mark anniversary of Lord Nelson closure

PUBLISHED: 13:00 30 November 2017

One campaigner dressed as Lord Nelson at the closed pub.

One campaigner dressed as Lord Nelson at the closed pub.

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It has been one year since Cleeve’s Lord Nelson pub closed, but with demolition looming campaigners have not given up the fight.

The Lord Nelson, Cleeve. The Lord Nelson, Cleeve.

The 1930s watering hole has been gathering dust since it was bought by Tout Ltd, which plans to flatten the building and build a petrol station, supermarket and 
pub café.

Its plans have been met with concern from villagers, who visited the boarded-up pub on Saturday to mark the anniversary of its closure, with one supporter donning the famous Nelson regalia.

Campaigner Don Veale said: “There are many reasons why this is not good for Cleeve.

“The effects of road congestion and safety; parking, noise and light pollution; the effect on property prices and the fact that we already have a store and hairdressers, have been gone into many times.

“The vast majority of villagers here are opposed to the proposals, which will only be of benefit to passing trade.

“In the meantime the Nelson has simply been left to rot.”

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