REGULARS of a Stafford pub are rallying round to save their beloved boozer from the bulldozers.
The Rickerscote Arms has been serving residents for more than 50 years. For some families it has been a meeting place for three generations, where they have celebrated and commiserated with neighbours and friends.
But regulars were horrified to learn this month that plans to demolish the pub and build 12 new homes on the site have been submitted to Stafford Borough Council by Unique Properties and Malvern Estates.
They have launched a petition against the closure and a Facebook group, Stop the Rickerscote Arms demolition, netted almost 300 likes in just six days. Many have also sent in objections to Stafford Borough Council and others have until Monday to send in their comments.
A planning statement submitted by Malvern Estates said: "The proposed development would assist in the delivery of housing within Stafford Borough and assist in the maintenance of a five year supply of housing land.
"The loss of the existing public house would not leave the surrounding area bereft since there would be other public houses available in the area, including one within a one half mile distance."
But Peach Avenue resident Diane McCarroll, 45, one of the regulars fighting against the plans, said she would be unable to travel further to another pub because of a medical condition.
"It is the only pub in Rickerscote and it would leave me with no social life and the family who run it with no home.
"A lot of people use the pub, including my neighbours, and regulars raised £800 last year to do up the bar through a fun day in the car park and a raffle. We've got a good relationship with the church (St Peter's) and the chippy as they use the pub car park."
Susan Bell, 49, of Plant Crescent, said her late mother and father, Margaret and Bill Hogg, had been regulars and their wakes were also held at the pub.
"I have been on the estate for 40 years and all my family drink there," she said. "There are a lot of memories there."