'We don't want a pub on former school site'
NEIGHBOURS of a proposed new pub in Brislington say they are concerned that it might bring anti-social behaviour, noise and traffic problems to their streets.
Pub chain Greene King wants to convert the former Prospect School building at the junction of Tramway Road and Bath Road into a two-storey Hungry Horse pub and restaurant.
But householders nearby are upset about the plans, which they believe will alter the character of their area.
John Austin, 41, who lives in Kensington Park Road, said: "There is simply no need for this establishment.
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"This is a predominantly residential area, with most residents having small children.
"It is bad enough that the area has extensive traffic noise problems, but to add to this was would be ridiculous.
"I am concerned about drunken people walking through these residential streets after midnight – I think the noise will be atrocious.
"There is simply no demand for a Hungry Horse pub in this very residential area."
Another nearby householder, 73-year-old Mike Devereux, who lives in Hampstead Road, is also concerned about the possible development.
He said: "The main roads in Brislington are some of the busiest in Bristol – and the volume of traffic is getting greater and greater."
"For this large pub to be built in what is a very residential area would be ridiculous.
"It would make the traffic problem worse and also add to the bad parking situation we have here as well.
"To build a large pub on top of a well established local community in a domestic setting is just nonsense."
Around 28 objections have so far been lodged against the planning application on the council's website.
The two ward councillors who represent Brislington West, Liberal Democrats Peter Main and Jackie Thomas, have spoken to those residents opposing the plans.
Mr Main told the Post he would refer the application to the city council's development control committee, so that residents will get a chance to air their views at a meeting, either at the end of this month or in October.
Bristol East MP Kerry McCarthy is also backing the objectors in opposing the plans.
A Greene King spokeswoman said: "The submission of the planning application follows a public exhibition held over the summer that was attended by over 125 local people.
"Of those who engaged with the public consultation, 82 per cent were in favour of a Hungry Horse in Brislington.
"If approved, these proposals would deliver a high quality family restaurant and public house, with children's play facilities, outdoor seating area and adjacent car parking facilities.
"The development would create up to 40 new jobs within the area and would provide a boost to the local economy."