Town centre pub still on the agenda

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PUB giant JD Wetherspoon says it is still committed to opening a new boozer in Bulwell town centre, even though planning permission for the long-awaited project has lapsed.

It was back in March 2007 when the firm was given the green light to redevelop the former Wilkinson store on Main Street in a £1 million scheme.

Since then, the building has stood idle and has become something of an eyesore in the town centre.

The planning permission for the project from Nottingham City Council had a three-year time-limit, which has now expired. But Wetherspoon remains undeterred and has re-submitted an application.

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “There is no specific reason why work has not taken place. It is simply that the company has hundreds of sites in various stages of development and some are taken forward more quickly than others.

“The site at Bulwell is a good one and, to reiterate, Wetherspoon aims to redevelop it into one of its pubs.

“The company enjoys great success with its pubs in Nottingham and surrounding towns and believes that Bulwell will be no different. It will be an asset to the town and welcomed by people.

“However there is no opening date within the company’s development schedule yet.”

The firm says that the new planning application has no substantial alterations to the original one. Back in 2007, it was stated that the project would create up to 40 jobs.

Resident Sharon Bowley, of Bulwell, said she was disappointed the building had stood empty for so long.

She said: “A lot of the local pubs have shut down, so a Wetherspoon’s would be nice.”