Pub chain thanks public for their planning support

Corn Exchange, Alnwick
Corn Exchange, Alnwick

A pub chain, which has been given the go- ahead to convert a former cinema in Alnwick, has thanked the public for their support.

Plans for the JD Wetherspoon pub, at the old Corn Exchange on Bondgate Within, were given unanimous approval at last week’s Northumberland County Council north area planning meeting.

The proposal had overwhelming support from the public, including a 526-name e-petition, and will bring back into use a building which has been derelict for more than 10 years.

Eddie Gershon, a spokesman for Wetherspoon, said: “We are delighted that planning has been granted for a Wetherspoon pub in Alnwick.

“We appreciate the efforts of the many people who supported the pub plans and made their feelings known to the council.

“We are confident that a Wetherspoon pub will be a great asset to Alnwick and also act as a catalyst for other companies to invest. We still require a licence and as a result have no on-site and open dates for the pub.”

After the meeting, Alnwick town and county councillor Gordon Castle said: “I think it is very important to bring that building back in to use.

“It was an opportunity that may not occur again.

“Wetherspoon is a national company and it has a good reputation and it seemed a wholly appropriate development.”

The Wetherspoon development, in the Grade II-listed building, will create around 50 jobs, from bar and waiting staff to kitchen workers and cleaners.

After the approval was announced, the Gazette received lots of positive comments.

On Facebook, An Van Dyck said: ‘Yessss soooo happy!!!!If local businesses offer good service/quality then I bet they will thrive on Wetherspoon’s coming to Alnwick. They then can compete with them on other levels as not every one will go to Spoons. It will attract more people into this lovely town!”

On Twitter, @EmmaJohnson22 said: ‘Woohoo!! Great News!’