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CAMRA steps in to support Abbeydale residents bidding to save Ridge and Furrow pub

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 15, 2014

  • Residents campaigning to reopen the Ridge and Furrow

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IT may have been boarded up, but the fight still goes on to save Abbeydale’s Ridge and Fyrrow pub.

Campaigners now have the backing of CAMRA too and are vowing to do everything they can to prevent the watering hole become a Morrisons petrol station.

More than 1,500 people want the Ridge and Furrow to remain as a pub but Morrisons, who own the land, want to open a filling station and car wash on the site.

Residents, who have spent nearly a year campaigning to save the pub which closed in December last year, have won the backing of CAMRA.

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The organisation which campaigns for Real Ale is writing supporting letters and giving advice to pub goers in the area.

Resident Andrea Hawkins said: “We are concerned because the pub has been boarded up now and the Ridge and Furrow pub signs has been taken down. CAMRA have been a great help. It is good to have someone on board.”

Gloucester City Council decided to postpone the planning application on February 4 due to issues raised in items of correspondence that were received after the officer’s report was written, which needs further consideration.

Andrea added: “The application has been postponed every month since September, but watch this space because we are going to continue to campaign.”

A survey was recently send out to homeowners in Abbeydale from MP Richard Graham for their opinions, which showed 1,570 people wanted to keep the pub.

Last year 200 people signed a petition and Andrea has also submitted a second community asset application.

If this is granted the law states the owner cannot dispose of the building other than to a community interest group, without the community being given six months to put together a bid to buy the asset.

Pub goer Mark Matthews said: “The Ridge and Furrow is a wonderful place where I have met some of the greatest friends I will ever have. To take that opportunity away from others would make me really sad. The ridge is not just a pub, it is a community of people who come together and live, love and laugh.”

Martin Parker, CAMRA’s Gloucestershire branch secretary, said: “All over the country you see pubs being turned into something else by supermarkets. This has happened to many in Gloucestershire and it is a countrywide issue. Members from the Gloucester branch are currently helping residents in Abbeydale.”

Andrew Gravells, county councillor for Abbeydale, said: “Now that Morrisons have opened a petrol filling station at their new Triangle store, even fewer people now support their plans to demolish the Ridge and build another filling station on the pub site .

“Most people would like to see a decent pub and restaurant on this site. The ridge is a great community asset here, and I hope the planning committee reject Morrisons plans.”

Morrisons did not want to comment.

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  • Kay_Powell  |  February 16 2014, 7:46PM

    You know, GlosAnarchy, I was just wondering that. If so, he'll now be absolutely sure that you and I are the same person - he clearly doesn't read most of the articles or look at other evidence.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  February 16 2014, 2:20PM

    Is the supposed rugby fan also a fan of the old Ridge and Furrow?

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  • worktiludrop  |  February 16 2014, 12:34PM

    Social housing, wait and see.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  February 16 2014, 9:38AM

    "Last year 200 people signed a petition and Andrea has also submitted a second community asset application. If this is granted the law states the owner cannot dispose of the building other than to a community interest group, without the community being given six months to put together a bid to buy the asset." What a red herring this only counts if they plan to SELL the property to the likes of a housing developer, as there is going to be NO sale of the property and they are not disposing of the asset how will this help?

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  • MrGarnet  |  February 15 2014, 8:46PM

    Pub was good. Regarding petrol stations if you use their auto car washes take a picture of your wing mirrors before and after using it. The damage caused by a local one not far from the Ridge caused just under £300 damage to my car and the legal team they have are typical of the ilk in denying responsibility for their machine. Use the hand wash boys much better and kinder to your car. Just a piece of advice to you decent folks out there.

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  • JemmyWood  |  February 15 2014, 4:34PM

    Lets look at those figures, because the article doesnt give all the facts. Dick Graham sent out the questioin to 6000 people (still no comment on who paid for that by the way - most probably paid for from tax payers money), 2000 responses, 1570 in favour of the pub, the rest wanted a petrol station. So just over a quarter of those surveyed wanted the pub, the rest either didn't want it or can't be bothered..... sort of says what the real feeling in AbbeyDale is.

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  • dcfc79  |  February 15 2014, 3:55PM

    Having a decent pub there would be good but if people want it to stay then they need to use it. Will the 1,570 who said they wanted to keep the pub use it ?

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  • joner63  |  February 15 2014, 1:27PM

    with morrisons owning the land I cannot see anyway back for the future of the pub the supermarkets always win regardless how many people object just look back in history over recent years tells us that

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