Dudley North MP Ian Austin is asking residents to have their say on plans to replace the derelict King Arthur pub on Priory Road with a new Aldi supermarket.
The pub closed in 2012 and is now derelict. It has been subject to arson attacks and vandalism. Travellers have been on the site and there is a tree growing out of the chimney. No one has stepped forward to invest in it as a pub.
Aldi have announced plans to develop a new supermarket on the site, providing 40 jobs in an area of high unemployment but a councillor from Sedgley has launched a campaign and petition to block the plans.
Austin has written to every household living within a mile of the site with a detailed survey asking for their views on the site. He’s promised that if local people support Aldi he’ll ask the supermarket to support local people by offering them job interviews, and to find a way of marking the King Arthur’s heritage in the new building.
Ian Austin said:
“I used to go to the King Arthur a lot. My parents in particular liked the carvery on Sundays, so I was sorry to see it close in 2012. It’s been a real shame to see it empty ever since.
“The councillor from Sedgley says he wants to save the pub. I don’t think successful, profitable and popular pubs should be turned into supermarkets against the wishes of local people and I worked hard to support residents campaigning to prevent the Seven Stars in Sedgley being turned into a shop, but the King Arthur hasn’t been a pub since 2012, it is empty and derelict and no one has come forward with plans to invest in the building.
“Aldi’s plans will provide 40 jobs in an area of high unemployment. Local people who live near the site have told me they support the plans, particularly those very close by who have to put up with the problems the site has caused.
“I want to know if residents support Aldi’s plans or if they agree with the councillor from Sedgley that the plans should be blocked.”