Pub plans ‘threaten’ endangered animals

PUBLISHED: 13:00 07 June 2018

Campaigners fear for endangered bats if Cleeve's Lord Nelson is redeveloped. Pictures: Mark Atherton (top left), Tout Ltd (bottom left), Natural England (right).

Campaigners fear for endangered bats if Cleeve's Lord Nelson is redeveloped. Pictures: Mark Atherton (top left), Tout Ltd (bottom left), Natural England (right).

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Research conducted by Yatton and Congresbury Wildlife Action Group and Cleeve campaigners bidding to save the Lord Nelson pub from demolition suggests the development could impinge on populations of rare greater and lesser horseshoe bats.

Tout Ltd, owner of the empty pub, wants to convert it into a convenience store, offices, pub café and filling station – and its plans are currently under review by North Somerset Council.

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But villagers fear permanent illumination of the complex will affect moving patterns of the protected species.

Villager Dale Lister said: “It’s a privilege to see these rare animals across our village.

“Development which threatens them is untenable.

“Any idea of a 24-hour filling station in the heart of a pitch dark bat conservation area is just profiteering madness.”

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