Pub petition handed to councillors

PUBLISHED: 18:00 23 August 2012

North Somerset Council represntatives Robert Payne and John Crockford- Hawley with Mark Thyer.

North Somerset Council represntatives Robert Payne and John Crockford- Hawley with Mark Thyer.

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A PETITION signed by 2,000 people against the takeover of a former pub site by Tesco has been handed over to councillors.

The Bristol House pub in Milton Road, Weston, called last orders for the final time two weeks ago when owner Enterprise Inns shut it down.

And the firm has been in discussion with Tesco about the sale of the site and its conversion into an express store.

The move has sparked a furious reaction from the community surrounding the pub and sparked a campaign and petition to keep the building in the community as a local watering hole.

On Sunday dozens of angry residents gathered outside the now-vacant pub as campaign co-ordinator Mark Thyer presented the petition to North Somerset Council representatives Robert Payne and John Crockford-Hawley.

The petition reads: “The campaign stresses there is every need for a pub as there are now no open pubs within a mile and this is affecting those who cannot walk far, those who cannot afford a taxi or cannot get a bus because of the lack of routes and is in conflict with the drink/drive ethos if people take t their cars to a pub out of the area for a pint.”

Enterprise Inns has applied to North Somerset Council to extend the pub premises by adding a single storey side and rear extension.

The current site may be too small for an express store, and the extension may bring it up to a standard size ahead of a takeover by the supermarket giant.

Campaigners have now organised a public meeting, to be held at the Vintage Community Church in Hughenden Road, Weston on September 6 at 7.30pm.

Members of the community are invited to go along, while representatives from Tesco and Enterprise Inns will also be invited to attend.


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