MEMBERS of the community have launched a campaign to save their local pub from the bulldozers.
More than 60 drinkers from the Pink Domino, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, met to discuss plans for the owners to sell to a supermarket chain which wants to demolish the pub and build a new store.
Farmfoods has been contracted to buy the pub’s freehold from the owners Enterprise Inns, and plans for the new store have been lodged with Hartlepool Borough Council.
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But Pink Domino supporters say the pub is an integral part of the local community and have started a Save Our Pub campaign.
Trevor Camp, of Brierton Lane, who attended Saturday’s meeting at the pub, said: “The pub is an important focal point within the local community and has an important role to play in social interaction in the area.
“The recession has resulted in lower takings.
“However, if we demolish the pub and the economy picks up, which figures this week suggest is starting to happen, there will be no pub to take advantage of the upturn.
“If the owners are determined to sell it is important that it is retained as a pub as that is what the area needs, not another supermarket.”
Trevor said people at the meeting were “overwhelmingly” against the plans and the loss of the Pink Domino would have a devastating effect on the community.
He said the pub is at the centre of local socialising, is used by charity groups, and helps bring people in Owton Manor and Rossmere areas together.
It is used by three darts teams, a golf society, fishing society, football team, and gardening and pigeon clubs.
Objections to the store plan include more traffic and noise, yobs hanging around, and that it could hit locally-owned businesses.
The Pink Domino has been in the area since for 54 years.
Farmfoods says the pub is no longer viable and the new store will fill a need in the area for bigger trolley supermarket shopping.
It says it would be too time-consuming and expensive to try to convert the existing Pink Domino building and the new proposal will create around 15 jobs.
An Enterprise Inns spokesman said: “As part of the on-going development of our pub estate, we do from time to time identify pubs that we feel no longer have a long-term future in our estate.
“After careful consideration, the decision has been taken to sell the Pink Domino. We have been approached by a third party but the pub is continuing to trade while we review our options for the sale of the site.”