Neighbours raise a glass to Spa petition
CAMPAIGNERS say they have more than 500 names on their petition to save the Spa Inn from being turned into housing.
Retired teacher John Lavin, 62, is among a group collecting the signatures to try to stop owners Wadworth from converting the pub in Oldends Lane, Stonehouse, into a house and building four more in its grounds.
"If all 500 people went into the pub and spent £10 we wouldn't have a problem," Wadworth tenanted trade director Lloyd Stephens said.
He said that since 1996 eight tenants had all failed to provide a realistic level of income at The Spa, which was poorly situated within an industrial estate.
But Mr Lavin, who lives in nearby Boakes Drive, said: "We believe there is enough interest and desire in the community to see that the pub has a future. We have more than 500 signatures so far."
Mr Lavin added: "It is places like this where people meet. It is a community hub."
The development control committee of Stroud District Council recently deferred its decision about the Spa housing proposals.
That was after members decided they wanted to know more about how Wadworth had tried to market The Spa before deciding it was no longer viable.
The Save Our Spa petition is available to sign at the All Pulling Together Centre on Stonehouse's Park Estate.