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Bid to encourage Wetherspoon pubs to invest in town
9:00am Sunday 15th September 2013 in News
COMMUNITY planners are hoping to attract giant pub chain J D Wetherspoon to Tidworth town centre.
Members of the Tidworth Community Area Partnership (TCAP) have agreed to approach the town council to join them in inviting the beer and pub grub experts to build a new facility on the site of the former Naafi Spar at the top of Station Road, Tidworth main shopping street.
The site was also the hope of the town’s railway station until the 1950s when it was developed by Naafi who pulled out several years ago.
The site was bulldozed, left dormant and is surrounded by wire fencing.
David Wildman the chairman of the Tidworth Chamber of Commerce said: “Ogden Waller is going toput the site upfor sale in the next few weeks.”
Godfrey Tilney, who chairs TCAP’s housing and built environment group, said: “There is still a requirement for retail development to go on that site – we don’t want that site taken entirely for housing.
“What we are hoping is that town council will approach Wetherspoon to develop that site.”
At the moment Tidworth – which has in excess of 10,000 people, many of them young soldiers and their families – only has one very busy pub.
Studies in the past which were carried out at the behest of local authorities, have identified a significant demand and need for a family pub offering food.
Mr Tilney said other pub operators could be contacted but that Wetherspoon, which has outlets in Andover and Amesbury, was probably best placed to take on the idea.
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