Campaign to save ‘community pub’

The New White Bull
The New White Bull

Regulars have kickstarted a determined campaign to save a community pub in Giltbrook where they have been drinking for more than 30 years.

The New White Bull has been bought by a developer and locals fear it will be knocked down and replaced with housing.

Manager Carol Coops – who has collected 400 signatures on a petition – said her regulars are ‘devastated’.

“They are asking ‘where will we go now?’,” she said.

“They’ve been coming in here for 30 years or more.”

Carol, 51, said a group of widows meet at the pub for company. There is also a darts team, which was established 20 years ago, and other initiatives that cater for friends with learning difficulties.

“A few people on the pool team have learning difficulties and it’s somewhere for them to go,” she said.

“They get dropped off three times a week and come and chat to the locals.”

Carol said she was ‘distraught’ and claimed the watering hole was a genuine community pub.

“We don’t mind who buys it as long as it stays as a local pub,” she said. “It’s the only pub where people can come and sit and have a drink and talk about their day’s work. It’s a real meeting place.”

Sheppard Developments has bought the site.

Director Ben Sheppard said there were no plans to knock the building down, but he was unsure what he was going to do with it.

“The plans are not to knock the building down. We don’t know what to do with it yet.

“I presumed it sold because it’s not trading very well. Before I decide whether or not to keep it as a pub I need to look at the numbers.”

The pub was sold by Greene King.

The petition has been handed to Broxtowe Borough Council.