Tangmere pub to be turned into shop

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Regulars at a pub in Tangmere are dismayed at plans to turn it into a shop.

Southern Co-operative Ltd has submitted a licensing application for the Bader Arms in Malcolm Road, and a planning application for minor alterations to the building.

Its proposed opening hours are 6am-11pm Monday-Sunday.

On Friday Tangmere Parish Council called an extraordinary meeting to respond to the licensing application before Monday’ deadline.

Chairman Andrew Irwin said there had been a poor history of support for the pub, and a number of different tenants had come and gone over the years.

The council agreed to ask for conditions limiting deliveries to 7am-10pm to prevent nuisance to residents.

Regular Andy Stapleford said: “I feel the village should support a stop to it becoming a second shop. It needs a pub, I know most people in the village don’t drink in the pub but a village should still have a pub.

“This is happening all over the country: losing a local thing like a pub to a major supermarket. Are they actually looking to the expansion of the village to get bigger? “The rest of the village should be left alone. The village is getting bigger and bigger, and there is nothing else.”

But Cllr Beverley Smith said: “Most of the people I have spoken with informally as a general rule are welcoming of an additional shop in the village because it’s going to provide a greater choice of services, some employment opportunities and less need for young families to zoom out of the village to get a wider range of goods.”

Cllr Roy Anscombe said rent rises had ‘killed the place’. Cllr Roger Birkett said Co-op was putting a stranglehold on hostelries in the area but Cllr Kate Beach said it was not in the business of closing down pubs, instead taking them on when they became available.

Regulars of the pub which closes on May 6, said the closure was the loss of a community facility and part of Tangmere’s history.