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Fight to save popular Nottinghamshire pub continues as regulars say knocking it down would be like ‘breaking up a family’

Regulars at a village pub who call it a ‘safe haven’ are desperate for it to remain open after it was sold to two landlords earlier this year.

Developers are looking to knock down The Gardeners Inn, in Cossall, near Ilkeston and build new houses.

The pub’s lease will be honoured until February, when it expires and is up for renewal, and plans for the redevelopment have yet to be submitted to Broxtowe Borough Council.

Bridgett Walsh, 42, only moved into the area 10 months ago, but feels the pub would be terribly missed by locals if it was to close.

She said: “I’ve never felt so welcomed into a community.

“The pub brings everybody together – it feels like breaking up a family.

“It’s not just a pub, it’s everything, it literally feels like going home.

“It absolutely helped settle me in, there is so much love and support.

“The kids can go there and play with each other – it brings everyone together.

“It would be sad if it went.”

Chloe Aram, 37, who runs the pub football team Gardeners FC with her husband, said the uncertainty would also affect the team.

She said: “We started in 2018 as we wanted to bring Sunday football back to the village and the pub.

“It would be a real shame for the pub to now close, chances are the team would fold.

“Its a family within itself.

“The closure will have a massive impact on the community.

“Gardeners was part of my childhood, our children have fond memories of it.

“If you lose a community pub you lose memories, it’s not just a local boozer it is so much more.”

Warren Carty, a local resident, is shocked by the possible closure.

He said: “A pub which is run very successfully and at the very core of our community for many local groups and individuals, can be demolished to build a number of very expensive properties that will only benefit the developers.

“It will take the heart out of our great community for so many of us.

“If we can not stop this happening I will be absolutely gutted.”

Steven Welch, 59, business development manager, explained how meetings to help save the pub are happening weekly, as they are desperate to stop the plans.

He said: “We are trying to stop this, we are planning to have another meeting on Thursday to elect a committee.

“We are starting to get something together – fingers crossed it’ll work.

“It is just sad and I will definitely miss it.

“It is really sad.”

Sue Maxwell, who runs the Gardeners Inn, said Broxtowe Borough Council had decided not to list the pub as an asset of community value, which would give it protection from developers’ plans.

“We’ve got to protect what we have,” she said.

“It is more than a vital lifeline to the community but the council are not willing to prevent it. It’s been here for too long for developers who don’t even live here to come and snatch it away.

“And it’s a thriving pub, it’s not an eye-sore at all.”

Ms Maxwell added that it was not just drinkers that would miss the pub, which has been a part of the community since the 1950s, naming a host of community groups which relied on the establishment.

This includes football and cricket clubs, pool and skittles teams and a knitting group.

She also said the car park is used as an overflow for Awsworth Primary & Nursery School and as a base for walking groups.

“I can’t even quantify the loss that would happen,” she continued.

“The council need to make sure they don’t get away with it.”

Broxtowe Borough Council has been approached for a comment.

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