Stay of execution for Ridge & Furrow pub in Abbeydale
A DECISION to knock down a popular pub to make way for a new petrol station is on hold.
Supermarket giant Morrisons wants to build a filling station on the site of The Ridge and Furrow in Abbeydale but several months have passed without a final decision being taken.
The company submitted a planning application for the site in Glevum Way back in June.
Gloucester City Council's planning department was meant to discuss the proposals at a meeting this month, but a decision has now been delayed.
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Council officers are still waiting for outstanding information relating to boreholes, highways and other technical information.
Trudy Merry, who works at the pub, is delighted with the news.
She said: "It is definitely good to hear it will stay open for a while longer. However because nobody knows what is going on at the moment, a lot of people think we have shut down or we are shutting down.
"Once it is closed I am not sure where people will go because it has a nice outdoor area for children. I have worked here for eight years and there has been lots of happy memories for many people.
"I suppose the nearest place for people is the community centre opposite."
Back in August more than 2,000 people signed a petition against the closure of the pub, which was organised by Kevin Jones.
Residents have not stopped their campaign, as many of them also backed an application for the site to be turned into a community asset, which was overturned this month.
Regular pub-goer Andrea Hawkins, who submitted that bid last month, said: "It is rather disappointing that the application was not successful.
"They have said although it has some value to become a community asset there are similar facilities in the area for people. However, the nearby pubs are very different because they are more of a restaurant style, which is not my cup of tea."
Residents say they are prepared to battle it out to the very end.
Andrea added: "We will be heading to the council meeting to share our views to councillors."
The site, which is owned by Morrisons, will see the pub replaced with a filling station, a jet car wash and a kiosk, to which many residents object.
Conservative ward councillor Andrew Gravells said: "I am not surprised that the planning application has been deferred again.
"It is all very controversial and a lot of issues and concerns are being raised which need further investigation and research."