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LABOUR’S EMILY BROTHERS DISAPPOINTED BY DEMOLITION OF WOODSTOCK PUB FOR ANOTHER SUPERMARKET

THURSDAY 22 JANUARY 2015


Photo – Emily having tea and cakes at the Woodstock Craft Fair

Photo – Emily having tea and cakes at the Woodstock Craft Fair


Last night’s decision by Sutton Council to approve plans to demolish The Woodstock Pub on Stonecot Hill and replace it with a new Asda supermarket has been criticised by Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, Emily Brothers who said:
“I was disappointed that no serious consideration was given to the loss of yet another pub, which quickly follows on from the demise of The New Town Pub. Too many community hubs like The Woodstock Pub are being replaced by supermarkets. In this case right next door to a smaller store which will find it difficult to compete, despite Asda’s bizarre claim that The Co-op is an expensive alternative.
“I understand there are challenges in making a large pub like The Woodstock viable, especially when Lib Dem Sutton charges £62,000 annually in Business Rates. Yet there was potential for using the existing building in a more flexible way that would better compliment smaller businesses in the area.
“The current building has architectural merit, providing an anchor point for Stonecot Hill. Replacing it with a modern supermarket isn’t in keeping with the local character.
“Tory run Transport for London have failed to address traffic management problems that will arise from this development. The junction is already congested, so traffic turning right into the supermarket will cause more of a blockage at peak times. Drivers may use the car park as a rat run to bypass traffic lights.
“I’m dismayed by more Lib Dem contradictions. Earlier in the week at Full Council they claimed to have set in train plans to deal with the local housing crisis. Just days later when discussing this prime site they missed a great opportunity to address that housing crisis. Lib Dem Councillors simply evaded the problem.
“It isn’t Lib Dem posturing that will deal with the shortage in housing locally. What Sutton needs is tangible action and that means rejecting these plans and designating the land for housing development if a pub isn’t viable.”

 

Photo – Emily near the pony rides at the Woodstock craft fair

Photo – Emily near the pony rides at the Woodstock craft fair
 

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