Campaigners hope to use a special law to try to stop a village pub from becoming a Tesco store.

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The supermarket chain wants to turn the Ram pub in Brundall into an Express store.

But the village’s parish council has started proceedings to get the building listed as a community asset.

If listed as a community asset by Broadland District Council, the parish council will be given time to come up with its own bid for the pub if it is sold.

It would mean Tesco’s plans to take over the site could be delayed and even scuppered.

The parish council has applied for the listing under the 2011 Localism Act and, if approved, it would be the first time the law has been used in Broadland, since the scheme started in September 2012.

At a meeting called to discuss Tesco’s plans on Saturday afternoon, about 300 villagers expressed their concerns about the loss of the pub.

Leader of Broadland District Council Andrew Proctor, who is backing the campaign, told the meeting: “This is all about keeping a community asset.

“It is important in the village.”

About 1,700 people in Brundall have signed a petition which asked for views on Enterprise Inn’s plans to lease the building to Tesco.

And 90pc of the responses have come out against the supermarket.

Villagers at the meeting raised concerns about traffic around the site and the impact on shops in Brundall’s centre.

Enterprise Inn’s was also criticised for not investing enough money in the pub.

Steve Hess said: “They have not spent a penny on maintenance.

“They are stopping it from doing what it is intended to do.”

In a show of hands among the 300 people at the meeting in Brundall’s Memorial Hall, all voted for saving the pub.

Enterprise Inns who own the Ram have asked Broadland District Council about reviving a planning application approved in 1993 for an extension to the pub.

The council has until the end of January to respond and are currently seeking legal advice about whether the application is still relevant or not.

Enterprise said it aimed to run its properties as pubs but it was reviewing its options for the Ram.

14 comments

  • Good Point IT Man, Judging from the write up by Tom Bristow he doesn't seem sure if there were 200 or 300 people in attendance. The number of people who are typically in The Ram are much easier to count..... now is it 2 or 3 ?

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    smithy

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • So the world is going to end if Tescos open in Brundall as we only have one shop in the village who has had a monoply for as long as i can remember , Think of the residents that live at that end of the village who have to walk about a mile to the shops is the owner of the local shop afraid of compatition like footyboy said the people who opposed it will shop there GO FOR IT TESCO

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    Rushee

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • I am sure that if the people in this meeting used the ram on a regular basis, it would not be under threat. It would have been an interesting journalistic question to ask each person when they were last in the pub and how often they went in, but I wager that the reporter didn't think to ask the question.

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    IT Man

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Enterprise Inn’s was also criticised for not investing enough money in the pub. As musicman said it had little support from the locals. The Mill House in Thorpe was just the same. Not enough support from locals and turnover was not enough to keep the pub open.

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    Christopher Neave

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Good Point IT Man, Judging from the write up by Tom Bristow he doesn't seem sure if there were 200 or 300 people in attendance. The number of people who are typically in The Ram are much easier to count..... now is it 2 or 3 ?

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    smithy

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Judging by the state of the outside of the Ram , Tesco would be an improvement. It is littered with dog ends , strewn all over the front area. Clearly the patrons cannot be bothered to use the ashtrays and the landlord cannot be bother to pick them up. There are two squashed fag packets outside the entrance which have been there so long they probably have grade 2 listed protection now. And a white plastic bag containing who knows what ...but its clearly going nowhere.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Such a shame that people miss the big picture and get caught up in politics and, in effect, racism against Tesco. Co-op are looking at some similar schemes but seem to get a lot more support (and indeed from some of the same individuals and authorities involved in this property), yet will be providing the same product. I am concerned that Mr Proctor is putting his council in a difficult position for political gain. The reference to the Localism Bill is a blatant misuse of what it was intended for, as by trying to get a pub, which has not been supported by the community, all of a sudden listed as an important community asset is a desperate measure solely to prevent Tesco coming, which seems a little unfair. The reference also to Enterprise not investing in the pub is quite naive as the tenant is the one responsible for maintenance and due to poor trade has clearly not been able to and common sense dictates that if a business is struggling due to circumstances beyond their control, what is the point in throwing good money after bad. It'll be interesting to see what happens to the property and I hope the right decision (whatever that may be) based on the right information is made.

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    Jay

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • I oppose the tesco but people need to start using the Ram pub if they don't want to lose it. Simple.

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    Scottycomps

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Such a shame that people miss the big picture and get caught up in politics and, in effect, racism against Tesco. Co-op are looking at some similar schemes but seem to get a lot more support (and indeed from some of the same individuals and authorities involved in this property), yet will be providing the same product. I am concerned that Mr Proctor is putting his council in a difficult position for political gain. The reference to the Localism Bill is a blatant misuse of what it was intended for, as by trying to get a pub, which has not been supported by the community, all of a sudden listed as an important community asset is a desperate measure solely to prevent Tesco coming, which seems a little unfair. The reference also to Enterprise not investing in the pub is quite naive as the tenant is the one responsible for maintenance and due to poor trade has clearly not been able to and common sense dictates that if a business is struggling due to circumstances beyond their control, what is the point in throwing good money after bad. It'll be interesting to see what happens to the property and I hope the right decision (whatever that may be) based on the right information is made.

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    Jay

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Oh My gosh. Tesco might be coming. Thats brilliant news. Wake up people of brundall, its great news. The fact of the matter is budgens is overpriced. The only reason Jinx Hundal and Andrew Beavan don't want a tesco is because they are scared of the competition. They have held a monopoly for far too long. It will attract more people to Brundall and that is a great thing. I wonder if all those that attended the meeting actually use the Ram pub if not then what is their opinion actually worth. The councillor is only interested in jumping on the band wagon as he knows the locals were likely to object. Also the petition that was in budgens was so public that people felt pressured into voting a certain way. What makes me even more sick is the way they call themselves Stand up for brundall when a tesco moving to the area is clearly going to benefit the community. They are not standing up for brundall they are merely looking after themselves. Brundall has a thriving local business community and competition is always healthy for a business community. Lets hope Tesco succeed in getting their shop in brundall

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    ANDYSIM

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • It makes me laugh everytime there is a plan to put a Tesco's in a town or village there are meetings to try and stop it happening, and most of the time the Tesco's store gets the go ahead, and then as soon as the doors open the very same people who opposed it go shopping there, strange that but not suprising with the people in this country.. its called two faced !!!!

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    Footyboy16

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • With out wishing to repeat my self too much. If the villagers had used the pub ..it wouldn't have closed!! As a pub entertainer I have sung there in the past, it was a lovely pub years ago but...like a lot of places ..no support from the locals..again I say 'use it or lose it. I can't make a living singing in Tescos !!!

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    musicman

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Like all of the views already expressed here, if the Ram were any good then the residents of Brundall would be using it and Enterprise Inn's would see fit to invest in it and it wouldn't be closing. As it stands, Enterprise can't be blamed for the state of the place, dog ends round the front, dog feces round the back! A challenge of "dodge the dog do" has become a sport for the children of the parents who drink in the Ram as they make their way towards the 1980's Happy Eater cast off's. When I was in Budgens, the list of those for Tesco's seemed much longer than those against, I wonder what happened to that list? Of course Budgens are only trying to protect the Ram to save our pub and nothing to do with the fact that they'll have some much needed competition. Bring it on - BRUNDALL WELCOMES TESCO"S and McDonalds on the old Little Chef site too!

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    smithy

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Good Point IT Man, Judging from the write up by Tom Bristow he doesn't seem sure if there were 200 or 300 people in attendance. The number of people who are typically in The Ram are much easier to count..... now is it 2 or 3 ?

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    smithy

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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