A DEAL to convert a former stafford pub into a mini supermarket has been given a mixed welcome.
The Lynton Tavern, in Lynton Avenue, was Baswich’s only pub but it closed in 2009 after it was bought by church group The Plymouth Brethren.
The group, also known as Stafford Gospel Hall Trust, were later given planning permission to use it as a meeting room but it has been empty with a security fence around it for four years.
Thje adjoining car park has continued to be used by residents attending the nearby shops.
Now the Co-op is to close its existing store in Bodmin Avenue and convert the former pub to a convenience store.
Earlier this month Stafford Borough Council said they had been negotiating a land swap deal with the Brethren for four years so the authority could retain the use of the car park and the Christian group could build a meeting room on another site.
A spokesman for Central England Co-operative said: “We can confirm that the society has signed an agreement in relation to the site where the Old Lynton Tavern is situated on Bodmin Avenue, Stafford.
“We are in early stages and the intention will be to develop the site into a new Co-operative convenience store which will offer a wider range of services and products to the community.
“We plan to close our current Co-operative store on Bodmin Avenue when the proposed new store opens.”
Ward Councillor Ann Edgeller said: “I have got mixed feelings about this. I would dearly have loved it to be a pub again for the community or an extension to the health centre. I am pleased that the council has retained the car park for public use.”
A spokesman for Stafford Borough Council said: “We are working with the owners to retain the existing car park for the use of the public."