Plans for micro-pub in Clevedon receive mixed response from residents

PUBLISHED: 07:24 04 December 2017

The micro-pub would be in Hill Road.

The micro-pub would be in Hill Road.

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Plans to create a micro-pub in Clevedon have been revealed.

The owner of the Twisted Oak Brewery, based in Wrington, wants to transform 43 Hill Road into The Fallen Tree Micro-pub.

An application has been submitted to North Somerset Council, which if approved would see the venue used to sell local cask ale and cider.

The application’s covering letter says: “It is our aim to be a responsible, considerate business and to gain a reputation of an establishment with a friendly atmosphere, providing good quality local products that serve, support and employ within the community and enhances the local neighbourhood.

“We believe that customers of our micro-pub will be keen to use the services of the food establishments and other businesses nearby, and vice versa.

“The nature of the products and how we sell them will not cause other local businesses to lose trade, quite the opposite in fact.

“We believe that we can secure strong links with other businesses in the area and work with them to bring in more trade for everybody.”

The plans have received a mixed response with some residents concerned about the site’s size and lack of outdoor space for smokers.

Sally Burles said: “We have lived here for seven years and enjoyed relative peace and quiet, so a micro-pub at this premises would be a nightmare for us.

“Also our bedroom is at the front of the house, directly above the shop.

“We have the window open for much of the time so the cigarette fumes from the smokers outside on the pavement will filter in through the window.

“This will have a very negative effect on my daughter’s health, as well as mine.

“It’s all very well for Hill Road shop owners and other residents who will not be directly affected by the negative aspects of this business to support it, but for us residents close by this type of business would definitely impact and alter our lives.”

But others believe the venue would provide more variety for drinkers in the town.

Richard Harman said: “As far as I am aware there are no outlets for locally brewed beers in Clevedon. This new micro-pub will add interest to the Hill Road area and provide more choice for beer drinkers in Clevedon.”

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