People power saves local

sp94366'Foresters Arms landlord and Landlady Adrian and Chantelle Naylor celebrate with a few of their regular customers over the victory of the campaign to save it from closure.
sp94366'Foresters Arms landlord and Landlady Adrian and Chantelle Naylor celebrate with a few of their regular customers over the victory of the campaign to save it from closure.

PEOPLE power has won the day after it was revealed The Foresters Arms pub in Newthorpe has been saved following a campaign by regulars.

Landlord Adi Naylor said: “I’m absolutely ecstatic.

“The area manager from Greene King came round and said everything is doing well.

“He said the review showed sales have picked up and everything was looking rosy.”

The landlord said he had been ‘blown out of the water’ when he heard the news that an application had been submitted to sell the pub for housing.

Regulars launched a campaign and handed Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry a petition with over 700 signatures on it.

The locals – many of whom have been drinking there for over 30 years – said it was the only community pub in the area and getting rid of it would be devastating for Newthorpe and its people.

Adi said he thought Greene King’s decision had a lot to do with the campaign.

“He (the Greene King area manager) said he had not seen anything like it before.

“He said to me ‘it’s all down to you’. I said ‘it was the regulars not me. I had to keep out of it’.”

Pub regular Andy Hankin said: “It’s absolutely brilliant news. I think it’s all the pressure they have had from all the locals. I think that’s what swayed it.

“Adi and Chantelle are doing a brilliant job. They are the right people for the job, and everyone has said the same. Adi has lived in Eastwood all his life and he knows everyone.”

Adi said he was unsure what Greene King had planned for the pub after the three years was up, but said he wanted to continue running it.

Greene King submitted an application to knock the pub down and build seven houses in its place back in early summer.

In October after the regulars got Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry involved and compiled the petition, Greene King decided to put plans on hold whilst they carried out a review of all pubs in the area to see if the customers’ reaction at The Foresters was a ‘true reflection’ on how well trade was doing at the pub.

Andy Spencer, Greene King’s operations director, said: “We have been monitoring the trading performance at the Foresters Arms and from this have decided to keep the pub open for the foreseeable future.”