Plea to save Thorpe St Andrew pub made by town council

A popular Thorpe St Andrew pub could be saved by town councillors who have written to the owner calling for it to be kept as a community pub.

The Gordon in Gordon Avenue, is for sale as an opportunity for alternative use, subject to planning permission, after it was closed in September.

Its owner, Punch Taverns said last month that it hoped to reopen it under a temporary landlord before it was sold.

But the pub is still shut and Thorpe St Andrew Town Council decided at a meeting on Mondayto write to Punch Taverns with its concerns.

Town councillor Jonathan Emsell warned colleagues that the number of pubs in the town was on the decline, and Town Mayor John Ward said: 'We would like to see it maintained as a public house, and will write to the owner requesting that.'

A Punch Taverns spokesman said it was reviewing the situation and was exploring a number of options.

Meanwhile, one Thorpe St Andrew pub is due to reopen on Friday, after being closed for three months for refurbishment. The Griffin in Yarmouth Road will reopen its doors under new management.

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