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What shall we do with Queensfield pub site?

Swindon Advertiser: Brenda Archer wants to know what residents want to see at the site of the Queensfield Pub, Upper Stratton Brenda Archer wants to know what residents want to see at the site of the Queensfield Pub, Upper Stratton

STRATTON councillor Brenda Archer has appealed for residents’ opinions on the future of the Queensfield pub after an application to demolish it and build eight homes was withdrawn.

Patrick Slattery and CJ O’Connell lodged an application to demolish the long-standing pub on November 27 of last year, but last week withdrew their application with Swindon Council.

The reasons for the withdrawal were undisclosed. Mark Campbell, of Campbell Town Planning in Hawkins Street, acted as agent on the application.

He said: “We were in dialogue with Swindon Council and from those conversations we felt it was appropriate to withdraw the application.”

Stratton St Margaret Parish Council objected to the plans. In a comment sent to the council on December 18 of last year, the council said: “This application will be a loss of public amenities. The design would cause a road hazard on the corner.”

In light of the latest development, Ms Archer, who is a member of the parish council’s planning committee, has said the council wants to hear from residents living in Queensfield, Kingsley Way and Abington Way.

“I feel the people that live around there should have amenities within that area,” she said. “There are elderly people who moved in there 50 years ago. They need the local amenities to get whatever they need without having to drive miles around.

“They should have a voice to explain what they want.

“We haven’t had any feedback from local people. It would be nice to have some input from people living there.”

The pub closed in June after several difficult years, and despite this application’s withdrawal, the future is far from certain. Several managers have tried and failed to make a profit at the pub. It re-opened in 2009, closed in 2011 and again last year.

When it shut in the summer, its owner, Enterprise Inns, said it was working to find new tenants to run the site, though this never came to fruition.

Ms Archer said: “It’s got to go. Something’s got to happen. The site has got to be improved, whether that be as a public house or a restaurant. Surely it’s up to the community to have a say in this.

“That building might have another few years, but it’s never been successful. Over the years it’s changed hands many, many times.

“We are losing public houses left, right and centre.”

John Doyle, 49, ran the pub from 2009 until 2011, when he was forced to close after failing to make a profit.

The part-time taxi driver would like to see the building reopened as a pub, but accepts it is tough in that part of town to make a go of it.

“I would like to see it reopened,” he said. “It’s a community pub and it should be used. It hasn’t been open for a while now and whoever goes in there will have a task on their hands.”

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9:15am Fri 31 Jan 14

Oik1 says...

As it was only a little while ago the local residents were complaining bitterly that the the road was a rat run, it was dangerous, it wasn't safe to park on the road and they wanted it closed off to drivers, why not now knock the pub down and build a multi-story car park in its place? All the Nimby's then have somewhere safe to leave their cars while the road can be left clear of parked vehicles and be left much safer for the general town motorist to pass safely.
Everyones a winner, simples!
As it was only a little while ago the local residents were complaining bitterly that the the road was a rat run, it was dangerous, it wasn't safe to park on the road and they wanted it closed off to drivers, why not now knock the pub down and build a multi-story car park in its place? All the Nimby's then have somewhere safe to leave their cars while the road can be left clear of parked vehicles and be left much safer for the general town motorist to pass safely. Everyones a winner, simples! Oik1
  • Score: 7

11:57am Fri 31 Jan 14

themoonraker says...

Use it as a checkpoint, all the nimbys and their councillors can then stop and turn around any motorists who they deem as unsuitable to using 'their road'
Use it as a checkpoint, all the nimbys and their councillors can then stop and turn around any motorists who they deem as unsuitable to using 'their road' themoonraker
  • Score: 6

12:43pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Always Grumpy says...

themoonraker wrote:
Use it as a checkpoint, all the nimbys and their councillors can then stop and turn around any motorists who they deem as unsuitable to using 'their road'
Councillor Joe 'NIMBY' Tray woukd just love that.
[quote][p][bold]themoonraker[/bold] wrote: Use it as a checkpoint, all the nimbys and their councillors can then stop and turn around any motorists who they deem as unsuitable to using 'their road'[/p][/quote]Councillor Joe 'NIMBY' Tray woukd just love that. Always Grumpy
  • Score: 4

1:53pm Fri 31 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

Oik1 wrote:
As it was only a little while ago the local residents were complaining bitterly that the the road was a rat run, it was dangerous, it wasn't safe to park on the road and they wanted it closed off to drivers, why not now knock the pub down and build a multi-story car park in its place? All the Nimby's then have somewhere safe to leave their cars while the road can be left clear of parked vehicles and be left much safer for the general town motorist to pass safely.
Everyones a winner, simples!
What a great idea, you should run as a councillor. No hang on you have far too much common sense so you wouldn't last 5 minutes!
[quote][p][bold]Oik1[/bold] wrote: As it was only a little while ago the local residents were complaining bitterly that the the road was a rat run, it was dangerous, it wasn't safe to park on the road and they wanted it closed off to drivers, why not now knock the pub down and build a multi-story car park in its place? All the Nimby's then have somewhere safe to leave their cars while the road can be left clear of parked vehicles and be left much safer for the general town motorist to pass safely. Everyones a winner, simples![/p][/quote]What a great idea, you should run as a councillor. No hang on you have far too much common sense so you wouldn't last 5 minutes! house on the hill
  • Score: 1

1:58pm Fri 31 Jan 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

Given we supposedly need more houses they should build a high-rise block of flats there. There's already some just the other side of Cricklade road so the precedent is there.
Given we supposedly need more houses they should build a high-rise block of flats there. There's already some just the other side of Cricklade road so the precedent is there. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 3

9:18pm Fri 31 Jan 14

anotherimigrant says...

Who owns it?
Who owns it? anotherimigrant
  • Score: -1

6:38am Sat 1 Feb 14

mrwoo says...

I'd turn it into a gay bar gay bar.
I'd turn it into a gay bar gay bar. mrwoo
  • Score: -1

4:18pm Sat 1 Feb 14

anotherimigrant says...

mrwoo wrote:
I'd turn it into a gay bar gay bar.
Hmm Nice, glad you don't own it then.

A brothel would be handy. with the sink estate over the road.

AND there's a bit of parking, so you could even have a drive-in brothel.
[quote][p][bold]mrwoo[/bold] wrote: I'd turn it into a gay bar gay bar.[/p][/quote]Hmm Nice, glad you don't own it then. A brothel would be handy. with the sink estate over the road. AND there's a bit of parking, so you could even have a drive-in brothel. anotherimigrant
  • Score: -2

4:22pm Sat 1 Feb 14

anotherimigrant says...

mrwoo wrote:
I'd turn it into a gay bar gay bar.
Hmm glad you don't own it then.

But a brothel would make a good profit.

You could even have a drive-in service as they've got a car park you could just drive up and get a service.

A few councillors know how useful they are.
[quote][p][bold]mrwoo[/bold] wrote: I'd turn it into a gay bar gay bar.[/p][/quote]Hmm glad you don't own it then. But a brothel would make a good profit. You could even have a drive-in service as they've got a car park you could just drive up and get a service. A few councillors know how useful they are. anotherimigrant
  • Score: -2

6:43pm Sun 2 Feb 14

moonraker says...

Not sure what a "a multi-story car park" is!
Not sure what a "a multi-story car park" is! moonraker
  • Score: -1

8:35pm Sun 2 Feb 14

anotherimigrant says...

moonraker wrote:
Not sure what a "a multi-story car parkWe understand your problem. It is a big group of words. Try breaking it into smaller, that's little, words and see if that helps.

Multi means more than one, it's in a dictionary, that a book of words.
[quote][p][bold]moonraker[/bold] wrote: Not sure what a "a multi-story car parkWe understand your problem. It is a big group of words. Try breaking it into smaller, that's little, words and see if that helps. Multi means more than one, it's in a dictionary, that a book of words. anotherimigrant
  • Score: 0

8:35pm Sun 2 Feb 14

anotherimigrant says...

Who owns it
Who owns it anotherimigrant
  • Score: -1

10:29pm Sun 2 Feb 14

mrs md says...

Spend some time refurbishing and make into a community centre for the older residents. Make more inviting as an eyesore.
Spend some time refurbishing and make into a community centre for the older residents. Make more inviting as an eyesore. mrs md
  • Score: -1

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