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New pub in Gloucester at Bakers Quay to bring 50 jobs

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: April 15, 2011

  • " fantastic location" An artist's impression of the new pub seen from Hempsted Lane.

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PLANS have been drawn up for a new pub restaurant which would bring 50 new jobs to Gloucester city centre.

Marston's PLC has submitted a planning application to build the new business on vacant land at Bakers Quay off St Ann Way and Llanthony Road.

The scheme is part of the Gloucester Quays development and represents a new phase of investing in pubs and restaurants near the designer outlet centre.

The 731-square metre site will include the main building, a children's play area, landscaping, and pedestrian access from the city centre as well as 53 car parking spaces, plus two disabled spaces.

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The access road will be constructed from St Ann Way.

A Marston's spokesman said: "This presents an exciting opportunity for us and one which will bring 50 new jobs to the city.

"Gloucester Quays is a fantastic location, we're confident that our pub restaurant will add to the experience for shoppers, local residents and businesses alike."

Gloucester city council leader Paul James has welcomed the news.

He said: "It's certainly good news on the job front. It's always good to hear that new employment is being created in the city.

"It is also good news for the development of Gloucester Quays, and it helps to keep the momentum going there.

"Having a pub there will help to serve the residents living nearby. It is a facility that is needed and I'm sure it will be well used."

Richard Rawlings, centre manager at Gloucester Quays said: "A planning application has been submitted this week that would bring an exciting new offer to Gloucester Quays as well as generating up to 100 new jobs.

"A family friendly restaurant and pub are proposed by popular operator Marston's that will be a great start to the Phase 2 development that will see additional leisure attractions here at Gloucester Quays."

He was not the only one to encourage the development. Ryan Fortey, who runs Head Kandy Hairdressers in the Docks, said it would be a welcome addition to the area.

"I've always said I welcome any new businesses here. It's beneficial to the area," he said. "There's a couple of licensed places here already and we are seeing more and more people down here every day."

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    Monkey, Up a tree  |  April 16 2011, 5:38PM

    As long as it is fit for chavs and students it should do a roaring trade!

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    ian, gloucester  |  April 15 2011, 10:54PM

    I think that the application will have problems because the Hempsted village boundary spreads out the the College & i believe that there is a covenant in place that forbids the building of a pub or a takeaway such as a fish & chip shop or a chinese. However saying that i think that the building of a pub is an excellent idea particularly if it has a good quality restaurant & a decent childrens soft play area. I do think that the design is a little too modern - couldnt an application be submitted with a better & less modern design maybe more in keeping with the older buildings in the City? As for the arguments regarding car parking they are a waste of time because the two disabled spaces will no doubt be taken by able bodied people who are too lazy to park properly & who park wherever they want - as happens at Sainsburys, Tesco's & most other car parks where there are parent & child and disabled parking bays.

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    David, Gloucester  |  April 15 2011, 6:56PM

    Remember not everyone who has a disabled pass NEEDS to park in a disabled space - they may have it because they're short of breathe and can't walk far, not because they're in a wheelchair. I hope such people don't hog the disabled spaces for others less able.

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    Adam King, Gloucester Quays  |  April 15 2011, 4:56PM

    Only two disabled spaces? Surely not, that goes against the law - careful that the Brussels Sprout-heads don't get involved ;) Besides that, another great development for Gloucester Docks.

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    an observer, severnside  |  April 15 2011, 4:18PM

    While I do not agree with Harry, the fact that such sentiments abound is something well-intentioned campaigners may have brought upon themselves. Rather like Muslims denying the presence of extremists in their community, disabled campaigners seem reluctant to address the glaringly obvious reality that many people displaying disability badges on their cars are not truly disabled in any meaningful sense of the word. Call me uncaring if you must, but allowing oneself to become obese does not qualify as disabled in my book any more than someone who allows themselves to become an alcoholic. Two disabled spaces at the proposed new pub is inadequate whereas you only have to see all the empty spaces reserved for disabled parking at many large superstores to realise that the provision is excessive. And don't even get me started on those privilege spaces set aside for mums with tots!

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    Sandra, Gloucester  |  April 15 2011, 4:16PM

    Harry, I not only comment about the disabled , I , like you, like to give my views on various topical issues ,and I have a great passion for fairness . You say you are 55 . Well, some of the issues facing older people are extremely important , so will you be highlighting injustices in an effort to change things for the better ? I have been . Why not join in ?

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    Kay Powell, Robinswood  |  April 15 2011, 3:58PM

    It is usual to comment on one's interests. But perhaps Sandra should be forced to comment on football or deep sea diving...eh, Harry?

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    Harry, Glos  |  April 15 2011, 3:52PM

    Not selfish at all. Just slightly fed up with every story involving Sandra has to be about the disabled. I have no problem with the genuine disabled but not everyone claiming to be is now are they. 55 years old by the way.

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    CM, Glos  |  April 15 2011, 3:51PM

    We need more stuff for pre teens to do - young children not more venues for drinking and therefore the associated debauchery and damage

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    Kay Powell, Robinswood  |  April 15 2011, 3:34PM

    Harry, How selfish are you? You don't even want a disability campaigner to point out ways in which a new project could be made better for disabled people!