By Jay Freeman
Angry residents have started a petition to stop plans to convert part of a popular Wolverhampton pub into a Co-Operative store and car park.
Nearly 250 people have backed the campaign to save The Harrowby Arms after owner NewRiver Retail revealed the plans.
The company bought the site in Fordhouses in late 2013 when brewer Marston’s sold over 200 pubs nationwide.
The online petition objects to “the absurd proposals for NewRiver Group and Marstons Brewery to knock down half of our local pub, remove the beer gardens and build yet another unwanted supermarket in Fordhouses.”
It claims residents and businesses have not been informed or consulted about the proposals and asks local councillor Ian Angus to help try and prevent it from happening.
Councillor Angus said: “I have been contacted by concerned residents for the pub site who have made it very clear they do not want to lose the pub as it is.
“We’ve lost a lot of pubs locally but the difference with the Harrowby is it is a well-run, well-respected local pub and to lose it would be a shame.
“I am a real supporter of local businesses in the community and it is a travesty that the local shops would be affected by a national supermarket chain.”
Although formal plans are yet to be submitted to Wolverhampton City Council, councillor Angus said it would be difficult for the council to stops the plans going ahead.
The Harrowby Arms petition can be found at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/72839.
Video – Scott Middleton started the petition. Watch his story here.