Hundreds of regulars fight to save their beloved pub
CAMPAIGNERS trying to stop their favourite pub being turned into houses have collected more than 600 signatures of support in just two weeks.
A planning application to turn the Spa Inn in Oldends Lane, Stonehouse, into five dwellings was submitted to Stroud District Council earlier this year.
At an SDC development control meeting on Tuesday, August 13, applicant Lloyd Stephens from Wadworth Brewery said that although the pub ‘initially traded well’ since its purchase in 1991, business had declined since 2004.
However, district councillor Mattie Ross (Lab, Stonehouse) told the committee that with 'good marketing' and a 'good manager' the pub could be as successful as the Badger Inn in Eastington.
The committee deferred the application until Tuesday, October 8 to allow Wadworth time to provide further information concerning the viability of the pub and consideration of alternative business uses for the site.
A campaign group called Save Our Spa has been launched by regulars who say the pub is an important part of the community andmore than 600 signatures of support have been collected in just two weeks.
Esther Davey has been a regular for more than 10 years."The problem with the Spa Inn is that no one knows it is there and when they do pass it they think it is closed," she said.
"However if there were signs near junction 13 and on the roads into Stonehouse and if it was marketed correctly I think the Spa would be thriving.
"The entire Stonehouse community has supported us wholeheartedly which makes us more confident at our chances of stopping this application."
Since the deferral, Wadworth has offered Stonehouse Town Council or another nominee a rent-free standard tenancy agreement for 12 months.
At a full town council meeting on Monday, September 2, members agreed to defer a decision on the offer until they had more information about the tenancy agreement.
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