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Morrisons confirms petrol station plan for Ridge and Furrow pub site in Abbeydale

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 25, 2013

Steve Luckett, landlord of the Ridge and Furrow at Abbeydale

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PUB regulars have been given a stay of execution in Abbeydale.

The Ridge and Furrow, in Glevum Way, was due to have time called on March 24 but will now be open until at least the end of summer.

However, it came as supermarket bosses confirmed they are keen to turn the site into petrol station.

Morrisons representatives will meet with city planners soon to go over their plans.

Until now, Morrisons has stayed tight-lipped on speculation about its petrol station plans but a spokesman said: “We are still considering our interest in the site and having discussions with the landlord and the local planning department about a potential petrol station on the site.”

Morrisons own the land on which the Ridge and Furrow sits, but the pub’s landlord and his regulars are keen to stay put.

Landlord Steve Luckett said: “Basically we are doing everything we can to keep the pub open and the brewery have decided to extend the lease until at least the summer.

“We are really pleased, as are the customers, especially the regulars.”

Steve and his family will also be managing The Beacon Inn in Stonehouse from June.

Gloucester City Councillor Andrew Gravells (Con, Abbey) said: “I’m pleased that this popular Abbeydale pub will now be open right through the summer, that’s really welcome news.

“Whether or not a petrol filling station goes in there eventually remains to be seen though. Opinion here is still divided on that.”

Customers at the pub have signed various petitions to help save the watering hole.

Regular Chris Langley, a plumber from Abbeydale, said: “I am absolutely over the moon about the lease extension.

“This has been my local for the last 26 years, it is in the heart of the community.

“We have enough petrol stations in the area.”

Mark Matthews, an engineer from Abbeydale, also does not welcome a petrol station.

He said: “I usually visit the pub often with my two younger children. It’s a nice family pub and Steve has always been really very accommodating.”

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  • andymckenzie  |  May 22 2013, 2:36PM

    Well, I won't be buying my petrol there. Maybe if everybody boycotted the new filling station, they would get the message we don't want it.

  • Spacy  |  February 27 2013, 4:01AM

    Steve and his team do a FANTASTIC carvery on a Sunday. Really reasonably priced too. Our kids are both teenagers now, and for the past 10 years or so, since they were diddy, we have taken them to the Ridge for a Sunday carvery as a special treat - a particular treat for me, as it saves me having to cook and wash-up the 'dreaded roast', and for them as they don't have to endure my cooking. We will be really sad to see the Ridge go.

  • Maryam_Qaiser  |  February 26 2013, 10:41AM

    Hi Zalapompadoo. I am the reporter for Abbeydale (from The Citizen) and I did this article. You must be sad to see the pub go if it holds fond memories for you and your husband. Would you be willing to speak to me, perhaps we could run an article on your story? If so please give me a call on 01452 690 793 or email at maryam.qaiser@localworld.co.uk Thanks

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  • Sunnnny  |  February 25 2013, 6:27PM

    Would be sad to see The Ridge go, have fond memories of the place. My Dad's band used to play there long before I was born and he has fond memories of the place as well.

  • supernova1  |  February 25 2013, 10:55AM

    Over the years, all this area has changed, in that it was originally meant as a community area, with provisions for a library and a Police Station. When Safeway wanted to build a PFS there, two petitions opposed this with about 4-500 signatures, yet the Council still overided them. There is no need for a PFS in the middle of a housing estate NOT on a major road in and out of Gloucester.

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  • thomas1996  |  February 25 2013, 10:41AM

    The land would be much better for the community as a much larger doctors surgery, we know from the 2011 census that the fact is there will be TWICE as many people living in the UK aged over 65 by 2025 as there is now, we will need MUCH bigger local health facilities, bigger hospitals, more care homes and more retirement housing developments. Even though the supermarkets have killed off many independent petrol stations there are still plenty of places to buy petrol (including the new huge Morrisons at the railway triangle) but this land, once a petrol station means if the NHS need to expand the GP surgery it will have to be moved elsewhere where there is space needed to carry out small operations etc.

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  • zalapompadoo  |  February 25 2013, 9:38AM

    disgusting another local pub for the chop my hubby proposed there, why have petrol there when they are suppoed to be haveing a superstore by the old railways put it there makes more sense, anyway if they close the ridge i will shop at asda .