Morrisons confirms petrol station plan for Ridge and Furrow pub site in Abbeydale
PUB regulars have been given a stay of execution in Abbeydale.
The Ridge and Furrow, in Glevum Way, was due to have time called on March 24 but will now be open until at least the end of summer.
However, it came as supermarket bosses confirmed they are keen to turn the site into petrol station.
Morrisons representatives will meet with city planners soon to go over their plans.
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Until now, Morrisons has stayed tight-lipped on speculation about its petrol station plans but a spokesman said: “We are still considering our interest in the site and having discussions with the landlord and the local planning department about a potential petrol station on the site.”
Morrisons own the land on which the Ridge and Furrow sits, but the pub’s landlord and his regulars are keen to stay put.
Landlord Steve Luckett said: “Basically we are doing everything we can to keep the pub open and the brewery have decided to extend the lease until at least the summer.
“We are really pleased, as are the customers, especially the regulars.”
Steve and his family will also be managing The Beacon Inn in Stonehouse from June.
Gloucester City Councillor Andrew Gravells (Con, Abbey) said: “I’m pleased that this popular Abbeydale pub will now be open right through the summer, that’s really welcome news.
“Whether or not a petrol filling station goes in there eventually remains to be seen though. Opinion here is still divided on that.”
Customers at the pub have signed various petitions to help save the watering hole.
Regular Chris Langley, a plumber from Abbeydale, said: “I am absolutely over the moon about the lease extension.
“This has been my local for the last 26 years, it is in the heart of the community.
“We have enough petrol stations in the area.”
Mark Matthews, an engineer from Abbeydale, also does not welcome a petrol station.
He said: “I usually visit the pub often with my two younger children. It’s a nice family pub and Steve has always been really very accommodating.”