Big crowd protest plans to demolish village pub

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 September 2017

Campaigners gather against the proposed development of the Lord Nelson site at Cleeve.

Campaigners gather against the proposed development of the Lord Nelson site at Cleeve.

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More than 100 people turned out to show their support for a demolition-threatened village pub.

Cleeve residents were out in force to protest Tout Ltd’s plans for the Lord Nelson, which could be razed and replaced by a petrol station, Budgens store and pub café.

Campaigner Ian Fergusson said there is ‘no acceptable case’ to demolish the pub.

He added: “To do so would tear the historical and architectural heart out of our village. It’s character would be forever lost.

“We’re not prepared to allow destruction of Cleeve’s village scene and our most iconic community asset. We owe it to 
all those who created our history, and to our children for their future environment here.

“There are a number of 
locals willing to take over the 
site and return it to mixed community use. To see it being deliberately left to decay is an utter disgrace and has angered many, many villagers.”

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