I am one of many disgruntled and upset customers
I am one of many disgruntled and upset customers of The Bristol House Public House in Milton Road, Weston-super-Mare.
We understand Wale Shonyinka and Alison Press, The Tenants were given immediate (early) notice to vacate by The Landlords, Enterprise Inns and the pub closed on Wednesday 25 July 2012.
After making enquiries, I was told by Enterprise Inns that the pub is earmarked for disposal to Tesco’s. Tesco’s confirmed this in a subsequent phone call.
We understand the situation with Enterprise Inns poor Financial Health and the massive increase in new Tesco stores opening up on empty/dead pub sites but this was a going concern (albeit running on low profits, I would imagine) with the tenants being forced to leave a popular community pub with all sorts and ages of clients which has seen improving sales during the course of the current landlords (3 year) tenancy. I understand the tenants made three recent, unsuccessful, bids to acquire the site themselves.
How can Enterprise Inns and Tesco’s do this to the customers, especially the older ones, who can't walk far and for many their only contact with others is through a pint at the local. Also lets not forget the livelihoods of the tenants and staff all who will loose out.
I would also point out that there are no other local pubs within walking distance of the area but there are three convenience stores within half a mile, all on the same road either side of this site – There is a need for a community pub but none for another convenience store.
Shame on both Tesco’s and Enterprise Inns – I do hope that Change of Use is turned down by the planners (North Somerset Council) on both a need and danger issue – we have had a couple of people killed on this very road over the past years and if successful in their bid, Tesco’s will almost certainly be the cause of yet more deaths.
SAY NO TO TESCO!