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Campaigners hope to keep the Grennie open
6:30pm Tuesday 12th June 2012 in News
CAMPAIGNERS are urging a brewery to change its mind over plans to sell a multi-award winning pub.
Adnams, which owns the British Grenadier, plans to sell the pub, in Military Road, after a drop in trade.
But the Colchester branch of the Campaign for Real Ale has launched a petition to save the pub, on the market for £250,000, amid fears it could be sold to developers.
“We cannot sit back and do nothing,” said Alan Wareham, branch chairman.
“We don’t even know if there is some sort of preservation order on the pub to stop a change of use application as there is a real worry it could be sold for homes.”
He added: “It would be a huge loss because it is a great community pub.
“We are concerned for the future of it as a pub, bearing in mind there will be a massive new development just across the road.”
Landlord Simon Foulds also claimed he had been told in July 2011 the pub, which won Camra Pub of the Year in 2008, would not be sold for at least five years.
“It did come as a bit of a surprise, to be told your pub is on the market,” he said.
“Now it is out of our hands but we can’t understand why the decision has been made, there is going to be 600 houses being built across the road.
“I’m not naive, I don’t expect trade to pick up dramatically overnight, but if we even got five per cent of the new people there, that would make it worth while.”
A spokeswoman for Adnams said: “We constantly review the Adnams pub estate and sometimes we have to take the difficult decision to sell on one of our pubs.”
She added the brewery planned to sell to a buyer which would continue to run it as a community pub.
To sign the petition, go to colchestercamra.org.uk/save-the-grennie.