Pub plan to be converted into Co-op

A COUNCILLOR has questioned plans to convert a landmark Stanford-le-Hope pub into a convenience store.

The Chelmsford Star Co-operative has applied for planning permission to turn the Cat Cracker pub, on The Sorrells, into a Co-operative store.

The store will have an onsite bakery, sandwiches, hot snack, chilled off-licence and food from local producers. Shoppers will be able to buy lottery tickets and postage stamps and pay bills via Paypoint.

But Phil Smith, the Stanford East and Corringham Town ward councillor, said he would sooner have seen the Cat Cracker remaining as a pub.

The pub closed earlier this year and was put up for sale before being bought by the Chelmsford Star Co-operative, which runs 38 stores across Essex.

Cllr Smith said: “The pub was under used, but it’s needed in the area. Now we’ve only got one pub in Corringham town centre.

“I’m pleased the Old Courthouse has reopened, but I would have liked the Catcracker to have been given the same opportunity and some investment.

“We’ve got a Co-op in Stanford-le-Hope and in Gardners Lane and numerous other small stores, such as on Abbott’s Drive and in the town centre. It’s a limited market.

“There’s always a danger other businesses could suffer, but those businesses know what they’re doing and I’m not going to scaremonger.

“But this market is already served by several businesses. I question why they think another convenience store is needed.”

But Stuart Hammond, head of food at Chelmsford Star Co-operative, said: “We look forward to bringing an essential service to the local community and hope local people.”

Plans for the pub will go before Thurrock Council’s planning committee before November 28.

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12:16pm Thu 10 Oct 13

Jb66 says...

It was always two-thirds empty that's why it closed. Yes it is correct there are several shops scattered around but there are also several drinking establishments. This one is too near the Five Bells, and then there are three pubs in Stanford Le Hope still open, The Rising Sun, The Inn on the Green and the Railway (I believe it's called) and the White Lion in Fobbing and now the Courthouse is re-opening? What is he talking about no pubs? I wish Aldi had bought it rather than the Co-op.
It was always two-thirds empty that's why it closed. Yes it is correct there are several shops scattered around but there are also several drinking establishments. This one is too near the Five Bells, and then there are three pubs in Stanford Le Hope still open, The Rising Sun, The Inn on the Green and the Railway (I believe it's called) and the White Lion in Fobbing and now the Courthouse is re-opening? What is he talking about no pubs? I wish Aldi had bought it rather than the Co-op. Jb66

12:21pm Thu 10 Oct 13

Ed Woods says...

...and the Billet.

Wasn't the Catcracker where drunk Tory Councillors used to hang out threatening the Landlady?
...and the Billet. Wasn't the Catcracker where drunk Tory Councillors used to hang out threatening the Landlady? Ed Woods

12:23pm Thu 10 Oct 13

thedarkknight says...

Another example of one of our local Councillors being out of touch with those that live in the area.
The former pub was very unpopular with most of the Residents and over the last 20 years has probably seen about 8 Landlord changes who all had restrictions placed on their license due to noise/violence etc.
It had been dying for about the last 6 years and very few "locals" used it.
I do not see why it's proposed new use as a Co-op would cause any issues, it will be conveniant, competitive and completely refurbished inside and out which will be a welcome change from the eyesore that currently exists.
It will also offer new jobs for locals which is a great plus point.
I am sure if said Councillor were to knock on the locals doors and ask which they would prefer he would get an overwhelming response in favour of a Co-op!
Another example of one of our local Councillors being out of touch with those that live in the area. The former pub was very unpopular with most of the Residents and over the last 20 years has probably seen about 8 Landlord changes who all had restrictions placed on their license due to noise/violence etc. It had been dying for about the last 6 years and very few "locals" used it. I do not see why it's proposed new use as a Co-op would cause any issues, it will be conveniant, competitive and completely refurbished inside and out which will be a welcome change from the eyesore that currently exists. It will also offer new jobs for locals which is a great plus point. I am sure if said Councillor were to knock on the locals doors and ask which they would prefer he would get an overwhelming response in favour of a Co-op! thedarkknight

12:26pm Thu 10 Oct 13

thedarkknight says...

Jb66 wrote:
It was always two-thirds empty that's why it closed. Yes it is correct there are several shops scattered around but there are also several drinking establishments. This one is too near the Five Bells, and then there are three pubs in Stanford Le Hope still open, The Rising Sun, The Inn on the Green and the Railway (I believe it's called) and the White Lion in Fobbing and now the Courthouse is re-opening? What is he talking about no pubs? I wish Aldi had bought it rather than the Co-op.
Not forgetting The Bull and the various clubs that exist in the area, hardly devoid of alternantive drinking establishments in this neck of the woods!
[quote][p][bold]Jb66[/bold] wrote: It was always two-thirds empty that's why it closed. Yes it is correct there are several shops scattered around but there are also several drinking establishments. This one is too near the Five Bells, and then there are three pubs in Stanford Le Hope still open, The Rising Sun, The Inn on the Green and the Railway (I believe it's called) and the White Lion in Fobbing and now the Courthouse is re-opening? What is he talking about no pubs? I wish Aldi had bought it rather than the Co-op.[/p][/quote]Not forgetting The Bull and the various clubs that exist in the area, hardly devoid of alternantive drinking establishments in this neck of the woods! thedarkknight

3:11pm Thu 10 Oct 13

Jb66 says...

thedarkknight wrote:
Jb66 wrote:
It was always two-thirds empty that's why it closed. Yes it is correct there are several shops scattered around but there are also several drinking establishments. This one is too near the Five Bells, and then there are three pubs in Stanford Le Hope still open, The Rising Sun, The Inn on the Green and the Railway (I believe it's called) and the White Lion in Fobbing and now the Courthouse is re-opening? What is he talking about no pubs? I wish Aldi had bought it rather than the Co-op.
Not forgetting The Bull and the various clubs that exist in the area, hardly devoid of alternantive drinking establishments in this neck of the woods!
Yes, absolutely, forgot the Billet and the Bull, Pegasus (who are looking for new membership) and what was The Shell Club (in Corringham Town Centre) and the Pompadour if that's what it's called now. What is Phil Smith talking about?
[quote][p][bold]thedarkknight[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jb66[/bold] wrote: It was always two-thirds empty that's why it closed. Yes it is correct there are several shops scattered around but there are also several drinking establishments. This one is too near the Five Bells, and then there are three pubs in Stanford Le Hope still open, The Rising Sun, The Inn on the Green and the Railway (I believe it's called) and the White Lion in Fobbing and now the Courthouse is re-opening? What is he talking about no pubs? I wish Aldi had bought it rather than the Co-op.[/p][/quote]Not forgetting The Bull and the various clubs that exist in the area, hardly devoid of alternantive drinking establishments in this neck of the woods![/p][/quote]Yes, absolutely, forgot the Billet and the Bull, Pegasus (who are looking for new membership) and what was The Shell Club (in Corringham Town Centre) and the Pompadour if that's what it's called now. What is Phil Smith talking about? Jb66

9:19am Fri 11 Oct 13

Thurrockbob says...

Seeing as though it has been a complete tip for about the last 6 years or so, it is a gods send that it has shut!
Seeing as though it has been a complete tip for about the last 6 years or so, it is a gods send that it has shut! Thurrockbob

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