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Ale Group Speaks Out Over Pub Development Plans

Wednesday January 2 2013



A REAL ale group has spoken out against proposals to turn the Longbow pub into a supermarket.

The Co-operative submitted a planning application to the council to add a new shop front and cash machine to previously approved plans submitted by a private developer.

A spokesman for the Co-op confirmed the company was in talks with the owner of the Longbow about acquiring the site with the view to relocate the Bly Road store there.

But the Barnsley Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) spoke out against the plans.

CAMRA's pubs spokesman, Phil Gregg, said: "Supermarkets have been buying pubs and opening them as supermarkets, which is what happened with Tesco in Wilthorpe.

"One of our main grievances is that you not only lose a pub but the supermarket then sells cheap booze, which is one of the reasons for pubs becoming run down in the first place."

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Reply Posted by Anon on Wednesday January 2 2013 at 17:18
To be fair the pub trade has been going down hill fast since the smoking ban came in, also the price of beer keeps going up and I'm not being a dingbat but I haven't had a pay rise for years, infact my wages have reduced since the resesion hit! To be honest it wouldn't survive as a pub now (hence the reason it is closed in the first place), might as well let co-op do what they want as it will probably create more jobs in the long run as the current store location will be let out to another company. You can't blame shops for the demise of the pubs as booze has always been reasonably priced compared to the greedy brewery's price fixing of the pub prices!

Reply Posted by jay on Wednesday January 2 2013 at 22:28
totally agree let the co-op have it one on bly road bad for parking too and when lorrys unloading its bad

Reply Posted by Rob on Wednesday January 2 2013 at 17:47
72 pubs per week are closing sadly its increasing every year 2013 will be not diffrent

Reply Posted by Stephen on Wednesday January 2 2013 at 18:01
How many coops does darfield need ? There's two already ? Lol funny thing is theirs a coop shop just across road from longbow ! Why don't coop just buy up every house in darfield and turn them all into coops ! Ridiculous ' if anything longbow wants be reopened by a pub company that can run it properly

Reply Posted by Stephen on Wednesday January 2 2013 at 18:05
Sorry misread that coop want to relocate frombBly road that's makes sense why they want longbow now to expand the existing coop :-)

Reply Posted by Andy on Wednesday January 2 2013 at 19:06
i can remember the days when the Longbow was a busy pub that served nice meals. Sadly that hasn't been the case for many, many years at the momnet it is an eyesore boarded up and the Co-op on Bly road isn't big enough for the community it serves, even when they have deliveries it causes traffic problems so a bigger store on the site of the Longbow is a much better idea as sadly i can't ever see the Longbow become the thriving pub it once used to be.

Reply Posted by Jordan Ramsey on Wednesday May 1 2013 at 17:40
My nannan Myra and granddad Roy used to own it but the business went down hill when they moved to Norfolk and sold it.

Reply Posted by Stu on Wednesday January 2 2013 at 22:04
Maybe if Camra stopped campaigning for cheaper beer and forcing the real ale breweries out of business by cutting their profits, there would be less pubs closing.

Reply Posted by real dale on Sunday January 6 2013 at 13:03
id rather see a new shop than a boarded up half torched wreck of a building

Reply Posted by looby on Sunday January 6 2013 at 14:53
I think a supermarket would b far more suitable tho not Co-op, far too expensive. A different chain maybe aldi or tesco express as there are many elderly residents & young parents with children, Nearest one is at stairfoot & £8.50 taxi fare back makes it quite difficult for some people. However i do agree with anon a wetherspoons or such like could boost the community as we dont have many social events in the area.

Reply Posted by Dale on Monday January 7 2013 at 15:14
Why dont someone buy it to make it into something the area needs a gym, computer center, job center, leisure center, ciniworld, or they could open it back up and do events bingo, pool/snooker darts compititions exctra

Reply Posted by Jordan Ramsey on Wednesday May 1 2013 at 17:42
I think the community should run the pub!!