OWNERS of a pub in Newthorpe have revealed why they need to carry out a review of all pubs in the area before deciding whether to sell it for housing.
Greene King bosses said they need to review trade at every pub around Eastwood and Newthorpe to see if the strong opposition to knocking The Foresters Arms down was a true reflection of how well the business was doing.
“We will review all our trading outlets in the area to help us establish whether public opinion is a true reflection of the trading performance at the pub in comparison to others in the area,” said a brewery spokesman.
“This will ensure we make the right decision.”
“It is important that the Foresters Arms is viable and has a long-term future and we cannot confirm this unless we have reviewed the whole area and where people actually drink and eat.”
Brewery bosses wrote to Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry last week saying plans to sell the pub would be put on hold while the review was carried out.
However, Ms Soubry said she would write back to company director Simon Longbottom asking for clarification as to the purpose of the review, saying the letter was not clear amid fears it could put other local pubs under threat.
A planning application was submitted to knock the pub in Main Street down and build seven houses earlier this summer.
Regulars have campaigned for the pub to stay open, saying it is a key part of the village amid fears Newthorpe would lose its community spirit without it.
Some regulars who are elderly only get out once a week to see their friends at the pub and a group of about 30 others go away on holiday together each year and regularly arrange day trips.
And the pub-goers, many of which have been drinking in there for over 30 years, handed Ms Soubry a petition with over 700 signatures on which demanded that the pub was kept open – which has led to the new review.