Land­lord wins pub sur­vival bat­tle

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

The land­lord of a Peter­bor­ough pub is crack­ing open the cham­pagne af­ter se­cur­ing the fu­ture of the pop­u­lar bar.

Andy Sim­monds, who runs the Plough­man in the Wer­ring­ton Cen­tre, re­vealed he had signed a long-term lease on the bar this week, af­ter a decade spent try­ing to save the pub.

It had been un­der threat fol­low­ing Tesco’s plans to re­de­velop the cen­tre.

He is now plan­ning on buy­ing the pub – but not be­fore cel­e­brat­ing his suc­cess.

He said; “I have signed the lease with John Livock (the owner) for the next 15 years.

“We are all over the moon. There were times I never thought we would be here, but we were de­ter­mined to save it. This is a huge vic­tory against a ma­jor su­per­mar­ket.

The pub is a real as­set of com­mu­nity value.

“We haven’t had chance to cel­e­brate yet, but we will crack open the cham­pagne with the reg­u­lars on Satur­day. We have had a lot of help to get here.

“Soon we will be do­nat­ing more than £3,100 we raised at our Beer Fes­ti­val to Helt­wate School, and we are plan­ning our next fundrais­ing scheme as well.

“We will now look at do­ing the pub up again – it has been let go a bit, but now we have se­cured its fu­ture, we can start work.

“I have the right to pur­chase it now, which is some­thing I will be look­ing at do­ing.”

The pub had been un­der threat since Tesco bought the Wer­ring­ton Cen­tre in 2009.

It had planned to de­mol­ish much of the cen­tre - in­clud­ing the Plough­man - to make way for a big­ger store.

How­ever, the plans were shelved in 2013.

How­ever, de­vel­oper John Livock, who has pur­chased part of the cen­tre, is now plan­ning on cre­at­ing 104 flats in the cen­tre.

Andy said: “The cen­tre is not a suit­able place for 104 so­cial homes. We don’t want them here.”

Andy Sim­monds out­side the Plough­man in Wer­ring­ton

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