'We don’t need a Wetherspoon pub'

August 29 2014

THE Bishopston Society has raised serious concerns about a planning application put forward by national pub chain, J D Wetherspoon, to build in Gloucester Road.

THE Bishopston Society has raised serious concerns about a planning application put forward by national pub chain, J D Wetherspoon, to build in Gloucester Road.
They say that a large scale drinking establishment could have a detrimental impact on smaller pubs in the area, and will undermine the character of Bishopston.
Proposed opening times for the pub are 7am until 12.30am, Sunday to Wednesday, and 7am until 1.30am, Thursday to Saturday.
The pub is proposed for 349-353 Gloucester Road, in place of an old retail unit which is no longer in use.
Planning documents, which have been submitted to the council, show a large customer area and a beer garden, as well as an office space, kitchen and cooler store.
A spokesperson from the Bishopston Society said: "We are concerned at this proposal when acceptance of applications for late night drinking, in what is a primarily residential area, is significantly increasing all the time.
"We are extremely concerned at the proposed licensing hours, plus one extra hour at bank holidays and all-night drinking over New Year."
They added: "Bishopston is a neighbourhood of largely family housing and the ever increasing noise, nuisance and anti-social behaviour which goes hand-in-hand with late night drinking is changing the character of the area.
"The building proposed for the establishment, a two-storey slab block from the 1960s, is an eyesore by any standards and one which will not be significantly improved by the minor enhancements proposed."
A spokesperson from J D Wetherspoon told the Bristol Post that they thought the property on Gloucester Road was a "good site", and that building a new pub would create 45 jobs in the area.

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