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Pub demolition protest draws big crowd

PUBLISHED: 15:00 19 September 2017

Campaigners gather against the proposed development of the Lord Nelson site at Cleeve.

Campaigners gather against the proposed development of the Lord Nelson site at Cleeve.

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Almost 100 villagers turned out to protest plans which could lead to the ‘destruction’ of a North Somerset pub.

Cleeve’s Lord Nelson is set to be redeveloped by Tout Ltd, which wants to build a petrol station, shop and pub café.

But many people have been angered by the plans, and attended a protest outside the pub.

Campaigner Ian Fergusson believes ‘nothing like this has ever happened in Cleeve’.

He said: “There is simply no acceptable case to demolish this valued heritage and community asset. To do so would tear the historical and architectural heart out of our village.

“We’re not prepared to allow destruction of Cleeve’s village scene and our most iconic community asset. We owe it to all those who created our history, and to our children for their future.

“There are a number of locals willing to take over the site and return it to mixed community use. To see it being deliberately left to decay is an utter disgrace and has angered many villagers.”

MORE: Family slams plans to demolish Lord Nelson

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