Save the Ridge and Furrow pub: Abbeydale campaign gathers pace
WITH the axe hanging over his popular Abbeydale pub, landlord Steve Luckett is taking the fight to save his livelihood out into the community.
His petition to try to save the Ridge and Furrow in Glevum Way now has more than 1,200 signatures.
Steve was told to vacate the pub by March 2013 as Trust Inns will not be renewing a long-term lease on the land, which is owned by Morrisons.
Regulars at the community watering hole have piled their weight behind Steve's campaign amid rumours of the site being earmarked for a petrol station.
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Steve hopes to negotiate his own terms with Morrisons, if he can maintain his current rental agreement of £5,900 a month.
"I've tried to get clarification from Morrisons about the lease situation and what my options are but I've heard nothing yet.
"If we can continue to raise the campaign profile and get 10,000 people to sign up, that will strengthen our position. We need to rally the troops on this."
A working party is being established by Steve to step up the campaign.
Richard Plumbridge, a regular for more than eight years, was one of the first to back the bid.
"There is nothing else like this pub in the area," he said.
"On a Saturday night, there used to be one or two people in there, now it's packed. There was also quite a lot of trouble before Steve took it on but it is family friendly now."
The Federation of Licensed Victuallers Association is a members' organisation looking after the business interests of self-employed licensees in the pub trade.
Chairman of the Gloucester branch, Steve Pyart, says the FLVA is right behind Steve's campaign.
"Steve has a good, successful community pub and it would be a real shame for the wider community if he was forced to close for non-business factors," he said.
No one at Morrisons was available to comment.