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Victory in campaign to save community pub from the axe

Carol Coops and Les Moreland raise a glass with pub regulars at the New White Bull in Giltbrook.

Carol Coops and Les Moreland raise a glass with pub regulars at the New White Bull in Giltbrook.

A long campaign to save a pub in Giltbrook has proven a success after the brewery decided to keep it open.

The landlord of the New White Bull Les Moreland said he was ‘elated’ that the pub had been saved, and put the success down to the peer pressure of his campaign and support of the Advertiser.

“I was elated to hear they were going to keep it open. It’s fantastic news,” said Mr Moreland.

“I think it’s all the peer pressure from the campaign and the stories in the Advertiser.”

The landlord made the New White Bull in Nottingham Road an ‘asset of the local community’ last year, forcing owners Greene King to take it off the market for six months after a developer had put an offer in.

The community order gave Mr Moreland and regulars the chance to campaign for the pub’s survival, and get local MP Anna Soubry on board their battle to keep it open.

Shepherd Development had wanted to turn the pub into a convenience store.

But now, Greene King has decided to spend thousands refurbishing the pub, to see if takings improve.

Mr Moreland said: “It definitely needs a refurb and the more attractive it becomes the more people will frequent it. It could turn out to be a goldmine.”

The landlord only took the pub on temporarily and will moving out in the coming months.

Greene King is looking for an entrepeneur who would be interested in taking it over.

 

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