As a regular reader of the Gazette, I have followed the saga of Wetherspoon’s with interest.
What has always surprised me is that they should be looking to open a potentially very busy pub in the old Corn Exchange which, as far as I can see, is situated in the middle of a residential area.
Imagine living in one of the existing flats and being faced with having a late-night drinking establishment on your doorstep.
Surely the council’s planners should designate the Corn Exchange for residential use or for conversion to offices and then work with Wetherspoon’s to find a more suitable venue for their new premises.
Just in case they missed it, The Alnwick Gate has just come on to the market.
Surely that would be a much better option for Wetherspoon’s with a ready-made pub that would be cheaper and quicker to convert.