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Residents battling to save Stafford's Rickerscote Arms pub are set to find out next week if it will be bulldozed

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: August 01, 2014

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ANGRY residents fighting to stop their pub from being bulldozed to make way for new homes are facing a nailbiting wait as they will find out next week if the scheme will go ahead.

The Rickerscote Arms plans has been recommended for approval by planning officers.

But the news is a major blow to residents after the Newsletter revealed in June that pub had been serving families for more than 50 years and for some regulars it had been meeting place for three generations.

The regulars were left horrified when they learned Unique Properties Ltd and Malvern Estates had applied to flatten it and build 11 homes.

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They launched a petition against the closure, which was signed by 593 people, and set up a Facebook group, called Stop the Rickerscote Arms demolition.

The application is due to be decided by Stafford Borough Council’s planning committee on Wednesday and councillors are being recommended to give it the go ahead - but they could decide to turn it down if there are good planning reasons.

In a report to the committee case officer Sarah Lawson said the building was on the council’s list of assets of community value and many objections had been raised on the basis of the loss of the public house as a community. But she said there were other pubs within the vicinity, including the Royal Oak in Rising Brook, the Spittal Brook in Lichfield Road and the Radford Bank Inn.

One resident Diane McCarroll, 45, from Peach Avenue, previously told the Newsletter she would be unable to travel further because of a medical condition so the development would leave her with no social life.

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