Pub to open for Christmas trade

Daily Echo: Pub to open for Christmas trade Pub to open for Christmas trade

WORK on a controversial cut-price pub in one of Hampshire’s most exclusive towns gets under way next month.

The J D Wetherspoon chain is preparing to turn a former home furnishings store in Lymington into The Six Bells, which is expected to create about 40 jobs.

Work is due to begin on September 10 and will take three months, which means the watering hole will open in time for Christmas.

Planning permission for the two-storey development was granted almost a year ago after a long and bitter battle that split the community.

Wetherspoon’s first application to convert the Palfrey & Kemp store in St Thomas’s Street sparked 200 letters of protest and a 240-name petition.

District councillors rejected the proposal after objectors claimed that rowdy customers would upset pensioners living in nearby Monmouth House and mourners attending funerals at St Thomas’s Church.

Protesters sitting in the public gallery cheered and applauded the authority’s decision to refuse the plans.

But Lymington was dubbed “the snootiest town in Britain” immediately after the vote, which followed widespread opposition to the possibility of an Argos store opening in the community. In May last year Wetherspoons submitted a new application to convert the Palfrey & Kemp shop.

Despite the addition of a wildlife garden the second scheme sparked 970 letters of objection – one of the biggest protests the town had ever seen.

But the council also received a 1,000-name petition and 110 letters supporting the proposal, which was approved after a long and heated debate.

No one was more pleased than Jacqui Head, whose family raised the petition.

Speaking at the time she said: “Wetherspoons is going to be very good for Lymington, which is currently a dying town.

“It will also be very good for families because, unlike many other places, they will be able to afford to go there.”

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6:40pm Thu 30 Aug 12

Solomon's Boot says...

Best of luck to them!
Best of luck to them! Solomon's Boot

6:55pm Thu 30 Aug 12

Stillness says...

I'll drink to that. But then I'll drink to anything.
I'll drink to that. But then I'll drink to anything. Stillness

7:24pm Thu 30 Aug 12

bazzeroz says...

Cut price pub! That's a larf innit?
Cut price pub! That's a larf innit? bazzeroz

8:58pm Thu 30 Aug 12

J.P.M says...

"Hampshire’s most exclusive towns"

Eh?

It has a higher rate of bankruptcies and "voluntary agreements" than the Hampshire average.

And earnings are 7% less than UK average (although the high rate of OAPs may affect that result)
"Hampshire’s most exclusive towns" Eh? It has a higher rate of bankruptcies and "voluntary agreements" than the Hampshire average. And earnings are 7% less than UK average (although the high rate of OAPs may affect that result) J.P.M

6:49am Fri 31 Aug 12

skeptik says...

As much as I appreciate the JD people purveying some very acceptable ales at a reasonable, I cannot bring myself to think of them as 'pubs'.
As much as I appreciate the JD people purveying some very acceptable ales at a reasonable, I cannot bring myself to think of them as 'pubs'. skeptik

12:20pm Fri 31 Aug 12

dopplershift says...

Speaking at the time she said: “Wetherspoons is going to be very good for Lymington, which is currently a dying town.
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A dying town? Obviously knows NOTHING. I think considering the age of austerity we're in Lymo is doing better than the average market town. Some of the (few) empty shops have recently been occupied and the high street has a real buzz about it on weekends. I don't think Wetherspoons will help or hurt lymington. It's just somewhere for value for money food and beer. End of.
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I noticed the other day that the kings arms almost opposite has started doing wetherspoon style deals all plastered on posters outside for £2.20 pints etc. No one locally has moaned about this but I can't see how it's different!
Speaking at the time she said: “Wetherspoons is going to be very good for Lymington, which is currently a dying town. . A dying town? Obviously knows NOTHING. I think considering the age of austerity we're in Lymo is doing better than the average market town. Some of the (few) empty shops have recently been occupied and the high street has a real buzz about it on weekends. I don't think Wetherspoons will help or hurt lymington. It's just somewhere for value for money food and beer. End of. . I noticed the other day that the kings arms almost opposite has started doing wetherspoon style deals all plastered on posters outside for £2.20 pints etc. No one locally has moaned about this but I can't see how it's different! dopplershift

9:46pm Sat 1 Sep 12

bodger122 says...

Well they have a 99p store, so a wetherspoons would be a step up for them
Well they have a 99p store, so a wetherspoons would be a step up for them bodger122

9:53am Mon 24 Sep 12

Lydiacarm9 says...

This will certainly make Lymington busier, on weekend evenings, with youngsters from miles away looking for incredibly cheap drink. Once they spill out onto the streets late at night Weatherspoons will deny any responsibility for their behaviour. I just hope Lymington knows what it has let itself in for and won't miss the cosy town pubs, with old fashioned landlords who care about and work in their businesses as these will quickly be a thing of the past. Take a look at other small towns that have 'Withered'.
This will certainly make Lymington busier, on weekend evenings, with youngsters from miles away looking for incredibly cheap drink. Once they spill out onto the streets late at night Weatherspoons will deny any responsibility for their behaviour. I just hope Lymington knows what it has let itself in for and won't miss the cosy town pubs, with old fashioned landlords who care about and work in their businesses as these will quickly be a thing of the past. Take a look at other small towns that have 'Withered'. Lydiacarm9

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