AN UNKNOWN Co-op has got the Selsey rumour mill going as news emerges it could be eyeing up a derelict town pub.
The empty Selsey Bill pub, in Seal Road, is currently undergoing renovation, however it is not yet known if this is with a view to reopening it as a branch of the Co-op.
Speaking at last Wednesday’s Selsey Town Council planning meeting (June 3), council chairman Mike Beal confirmed he had been approached by an agent of one of the Co-op branches.
“I was contacted by an agent of one of the Co-ops,” he said.
“As far as I know that’s all that’s anything has happened.
“He asked me what the general reaction would be if a Co-op would be opened on the old Selsey Bill site.”
However, further than that he said he had no more concrete information to add.
A number of town councillors said they had been contacted by curious residents, with councillor Chris Dean saying: “What we have here is a rumour mill.
“I think the town council has got a duty to the town to try to find out as much as we can about what’s intended there,” he said.
He said he imagined nearby residents would be ‘dreading’ a pub being reopened there.
“We need to put that to rest if we can,” he said.
However, fellow councillor Glenda Baum said she heard tell from locals it could be about to reopen as a pub but with a restaurant attached.
No one at the council knew who owned the building.
The Observer is trying to ascertain if a Co-op branch does indeed intend to open a branch at the store.
Planning permission does not need to be granted for a pub to change into a convenience store, so no application to Chichester District Council will be made.
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