A campaign to stop Tesco moving into a Broads village pub has been launched at a special meeting.

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The supermarket giant hopes to move into the Ram pub, in Brundall, by reviving a planning application for an extension on the pub which was granted in 1993.

Meeting in the Ram on Wednesday, the campaigners collected their first petitions asking for the views of people in the village.

And the head of Broadland District Council – the authority which will either grant or refuse Tesco the right to use the planning permission from 1993 – was in the pub to support the campaign.

Andrew Proctor said: “I’ve written to Tesco and Enterprise Inns to say that the Ram is not a failing pub. There has been a lack of investment in there for many years. Brundall already has an established business community centred in the village.”

The petition called Stand Up for Brundall asks for views both for and against Tesco and has gathered 850 responses since January 1. It is now in stores throughout the village.

John Wake, campaign coordinator said: “We don’t think the village warrants another supermarket. I think it will have a serious impact on existing businesses there and split the village in two.”

A spokesman for Tesco said their stores were extremely popular and plans for the Ram were only in their early stages.

Enterprise Inns said that from “time to time” it identified a pub which was “unable to deliver an appropriate level of sustainable income” and then reviewed its options for the site.

There will be a public meeting about the Ram pub at the Memorial Hall on Links Avenue in Brundall at 2pm on Saturday, January 12.

The Evening News has been encouraging people to use their local pubs through our Love Your Local campaign. To see more stories from the campaign visit www.eveningnews24.co.uk

6 comments

  • This is great news for Brundall. The Ram is an awful pub and I'm amazed it has stayed open this long. At least the residents of Brundall will no longer have to put up with the drunken smokers outside the front, selection of fast food vans in the car park and only yesterday, trails of vomit all down the street starting just outside the Ram entrance. As for Budgens, perhaps some local competition will make them think about their prices and customer service a bit more. I think if anything it will bring more business to the other shops in Brundall. It just needs a McDonalds to finally move into the former Little Chef site and maybe a Starbucks to replace one of the estate agents - preferably Howards.

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    smithy

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • Don't know who's who on Broadland Distict Council but is it right that Andrew Proctor if he is the Head should be making statements and writing to compaines that he will at some time have to vote for or against? As for not wanting anything Tesco anywhere get over it! If there wasn't a gap they wouldn't be moving in. If this had been an application by any other retailer would the venum be as strong?

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    City Boy

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • Agree with Abraham, Use it or lose it.... and the majority of people who has used The Ram would be happy to lose it. I think it would be fantastic if there were to be a great pub on the site, but what's there today simply isn't. The day this photo was taken must have been the busiest day of the year for the Ram.

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    smithy

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • Use it or lose it , seems to be the correct response. Tesco ( or any other business for that matter can only prosper if people choose to shop with them, and they do .) Nimbyism wont help if the locals dont shop with their cash.

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    Abraham

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • The comment from Enterprise Inns saying that the Ram is “unable to deliver an appropriate level of sustainable income” stems from a significant lack of investment over several years decades. Enterprise appears to be more interested in selling off capital than running pubs. Brundall is a large, affluent village and if The Ram was invested in to be more in line with style of successful country pubs like the Brick Kilns or the Fur and Feathers then it would make a killing. The village doesn’t need another shop, but it does need a good pub...

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    Simon Wake

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • City Boy venum?????

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    Abraham

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

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