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Councillors submit residents' views on plans for new Co-op

Local Labour Councillors Keiran Casey and Adam Aston have submitted residents’ views on plans to close The Summerhouse Inn in Woodsetton.

Dudley Council is due to consider plans to replace The Summerhouse Inn on the Sedgley Road in Woodsetton with a new Co-op store. The new shop would bring 20 new jobs to the area and comes with allocated parking spaces.

This is the latest in a number of local pubs facing closure or demolition.

Local Labour Councillors Keiran Casey and Adam Aston recently wrote to every resident surrounding the pub asking them their views on the plans.

A petition run by a local resident against the plans has gained over 300 signatures and this is now being submitted to the Planning Department along with other views that residents have put across.

Councillor Keiran Casey said:

“Local pubs are important to the community – the Summerhouse has been in the village for many years.

“Residents have said to us that they are very concerned about the impact that a supermarket in this location could have on residential amenity and in terms of traffic on the Sedgley Road, which is already heavily congested.

“Other residents have however said that they would welcome a new supermarket in the village to increase choice in the local area and the 20 new jobs that the store could also bring".

“As local councillors it’s our job to listen to local residents and ensure that their views and concerns are taken in to consideration and that’s why we are asking the committee to take these concerns on board”.

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