TOWN PUB COULD BECOME A CO-OP
PLANS SUBMITTED TO DEMOLISH THE CROSS KEYS INN
REVISED plans have been submitted to demolish a Bedworth pub and turn it into a convenience store.
As pubs are closing across the country, Bedworth drinkers have been angered by the proposal to lose another watering hole.
Developers are looking to bulldoze the Cross Keys Inn in Goodyers End Lane and replace it with a Co-operative food store.
The brewery which runs the pub, Davenports, say the venue is not making enough money, but will continue the tenancy until its future has been decided.
If built, the new development is expected to create 13 full-time and 12 part-time jobs.
In April, residents were relieved when plans to replace the pub with a supermarket were recommended for refusal.
Just before the committee meeting, the application was deferred to allow more time for discussions to iron out the council’s concerns.
Now the plan is back with amendments, including removing plans for a second unit on the site and changing the hours of delivery.
Jas Singh, who owns Sedgies newsagents in Heath Road has been coordinating the campaign to stop the closure of the pub. He has raised concerns from residents who see the pub as a key meeting place for social gatherings in the town, as well as local business owners like himself who fear the new store could affect trade.
The pub is said to no longer be viable and the marketing company said it had been looking to find new owners but no deal has been reached. Mr Singh disagrees with this though.
He said: “People in this area are very angry about this application as this will deprive the community of a much needed social gathering place.
“Many new houses are to be built in this area and this being the only pub left in this area and for a company to say it’s not viable is a complete fabrication, the pub has seen trade double as the rugby club down the road closed down and its members moved in here.”
There have been 21 letters of objection sent to the council raising a number of points.
In April, a key issue which led to the plan being recommended for refusal was the fact it was claimed that the brewery was not given the opportunity to buy the pub and that has again been raised in an objection letter.
Other concerns include the impact on highway safety and parking, the site’s close prox- imity to a school, the loss of heritage, loss of community asset, and the impact on local businesses.
The report states that objection comments have said that the building, which dates back to 1898, should be retained as a historical asset.
It said: “Both the Victorian Society and the Bed- worth Society state that the building should be considered as a non-designated heritage asset and states; ‘its loss would irreparably and unjustifiably harm the character of the local area’.”
The planning committee will make its decision at a meeting in Nuneaton Town Hall on Tuesday, July 4, at 5pm.