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.
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.