Wetherspoon pub ‘bonus not a threat’

September 25 2014

OWNERS of the Anchor pub on Gloucester Road say that they have "no issues" with a J D Wetherspoon pub opening nearby.

OWNERS of the Anchor pub on Gloucester Road say that they have "no issues" with a J D Wetherspoon pub opening nearby.
The recent application, made by the large chain, has sparked serious concerns amongst the local community, with the Bishopston Society saying that the drinking establishment could have a "detrimental impact" on the area.
Neil Wright, chief operating officer of pub and bar group TCG, which owns the Anchor pub, said: "We already trade very successful pubs and bars in close proximity to JD Wetherspoon venues elsewhere in the country, and so we would have no issues with them opening on Gloucester Road.
"Investment in the Bishopston area by Wetherspoon will improve the local amenities, and our experience is that having a choice of well-run pubs gives people more reasons to go out to eat and drink locally rather than travelling further afield, which benefits all the businesses in the area."
The pub is proposed for 349-353 Gloucester Road, in place of an old retail unit which is no longer in use.
Planning documents, submitted to the council, show a large customer area, a beer garden, office space, kitchen and cooler store.
The Bishopston Society previously told the Bishopston Voice: "Bishopston is a neighbourhood of largely family house, 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."
Proposed opening hours for the pub are 7am until 12.30am, Sunday to Wednesday, and 7am until 1.30am, Thursday to Saturday.
If approved, the development would create 45 new jobs in the area.