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1,500 people say keep Abbeydale Ridge and Furrow open as Morrisons bid for a petrol station on the site of the Gloucester pub

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

  • petition: Andrea Hawkins, Brandon Overs, Paul Clarke, Nick Smith, AdrianneJones, Kevin Jones, Kevin Browne and Tony Adams.

  • dispute: The Ridge & Furrow.

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MORE than 1,500 people want the Ridge & Furrow in Abbeydale to remain as a pub as battlelines are drawn over the bid to turn it into a petrol station and car wash.

Their responses came as more than 2,000 people responded to a survey about the pub.

Last orders were called at the Ridge & Furrow pub in Glevum Way at the end of last year to make way for the filling station run by Morrisons, which owns the land.

MP Richard Graham handed out surveys to more than 6,000 households.

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More than 1,570 people said they wanted it to remain as a pub, while just 592 people said they preferred a filling station and 194 said they wanted it to become something else.

Of those who favoured a petrol station, 212 people said it would be convenient, 219 said they did not use the pub, while 51 people said they used the Abbeydale Sports and Community Centre adjacent to the Ridge & Furrow instead.

More than 540 people said the filling station would bring in more traffic and 261 were enough petrol stations nearby. There is a petrol station less than a mile away on Painswick Road, Morrisons has another at Metz Way, and there are several garages on Hucclecote and Barnwood roads.

Another 84 people said it would be harder to get to the medical centre and 43 were worried about parking.

The plans for the garage are to be considered by Gloucester City Council on Tuesday night and plans are recommended for approval.

A spokesman for Morrisons said: "We know our petrol stations are really popular with customers. More convenient and competitively-priced fuel is what our customers and local communities have been telling us they want for a long time.

" In fact 67 per cent of respondents to our survey, distributed to 16,000 properties around the site and the wider Abbeydale area, are in support of the plans and many think it would be a great additional service in Abbeydale."

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  January 30 2014, 7:48PM

    Isn't the that piece of land owned by Morrisons anyway, How come it's owned by the supermarket anyone know?

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  • Kay_Powell  |  January 30 2014, 6:23PM

    I don't live near the pub, but two things have struck me about the issue: 1. The pub wasn't closed down due to lack of custom but because the owners of the site - Morrison's - want to build a petrol station instead. 2. It appears that it was only Morrison's customers who were surveyed, which seems extremely biassed. I shop in Morrison's from time to time, but the lack of a pub would make no difference to me. It should surely have been a survey of the local population.

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  • BertieBus  |  January 30 2014, 4:38PM

    How can you keep a pub open when its already closed down and is now a derelict rotting shell with no life or atmosphere. (bit like it was when it was open really) Bring in the bulldozers as soon as !!

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  • bg1980  |  January 30 2014, 4:31PM

    Where do i sign??? cos yeah thats what Gloucester needs another petrol station, ripping the heart out of communities. Keep the pub open. Shame on Morrisons

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  January 30 2014, 2:36PM

    Hang on here, who OWNS this site? Yep it's Morrisons so they have every right to redevelop the site it's a pity to have to close the pub but that's business. The drinkers that could have supported the pub all drink cheep booze in wither*p00n* you would probably save after a couple of beers even if buying a bus ticket!

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  • adrian2010  |  January 30 2014, 11:11AM

    I live 100 meters away as well and opinionated your so right they haven't asked people locally!! Admitaley the pub was ran down but it was great for the community. I could take the kids there in the summer to play on the bouncy castle and my family could socialise with my friends families. What community spirit will a petrol station bring!! A new pub that brings the community together or a fuel station that are 10 to a penny!!! I can drive to fuel station anywhere! I can't drive anywhere for my community if you take it away!!

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  • the_mogul  |  January 30 2014, 11:04AM

    @mikehibby Do the 1500 people really need to use the pub regularly? Are people who are not of the alcholic variet allowed to enjoy the facilities on a part-time basis but still want to keep it? I myself am of the alcholic variety and regularly drank to excess on a Saturday evening. Wheres you watering hole? Sure me and my mates would join you to sink a few vessels of snakebite? Or is your tipple more of the bottle of Smirnoff ice variety? Long live the Ridge Long live the Mogul Mogul x

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  • NibNobs  |  January 30 2014, 10:59AM

    With an increasingly aging population I would have thought a better use of the site would be a bigger GP surgery and car park! The fact is from the last census we know the number of people aged over 80 will DOUBLE over the next 25 years, so if the patients of Abbeydale surgery have a problem seeing a doctor quickly now, imagine what it will be like in the next few years? The current outdated 1980's surgery is past it's sell-by date so why not get the land now rather than the surgery having to re-locate to a larger site away from where it's patients actually live!

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  • BertieBus  |  January 30 2014, 9:57AM

    Just looked at planning on council website and Morrison's survey was conducted by a proper independent company not connected to Morrison's. it also says the company doing survey was in the shop for two days so it did give locals using the site ample chance to put their views so the comments of Opinionated_M seem totally unfounded really.

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  • BertieBus  |  January 30 2014, 9:37AM

    Parking may be an issue but why have a doctors with almost no parking, its not Morrisons fault as they provide a good sized car park for their customers and the doctors should do the same. I hope Morrisons do a scheme to stop people using the car park around them to park for the doctors and vets so Morrisons customers can still park and shop, I am glad that the plans are recommended for approval as the pubs own survey was corrupt as people got told they could sign it as many times as they liked and some people signed it that lived miles away. Cheap petrol and the area tidied up must be good so bring it on.

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