One pub left for Sprowston as Beehive set to become Co-operative store

The Beehive pub at Sprowston. Picture: Denise Bradley The Beehive pub at Sprowston. Picture: Denise Bradley

Sabah Meddings sabah.meddings@archant.co.uk
Monday, January 6, 2014
9:16 AM

A town of 15,000 people will be left with just one pub when plans to close the Beehive in Sprowston go ahead later this month.

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The community pub is set to be replaced with a Cooperative food store after it closes on January 17, leaving the area with just one pub - the Blue Boar. Patrons have complained they will be left with nowhere to go after the Cannerby Lane local closes down.

Paul Durrant, 57, is a regular who has been drinking in the Beehive for more than 30 years, and said he knew people who had been going there for even longer.

He said: “We don’t want to see the place go, it is terrible news for the area - we can’t afford to keep losing community pubs.”

Mr Durrant, who lives on Cromwell Road, 200 yards from the Beehive, said he found out just days ago that he was to lose his local.

“I drink there several times a week but didn’t find out until New Year’s Day,” said the handyman. “There’s a community of people down there, it’s where I meet to socialise with my friends.”

June Hunt, town clerk at Sprowston Town Council, said they were unaware of the closure and takeover by Coop until they were informed by the Evening News. She said: “As a general rule we are always concerned when the town loses community facilities.”

Mr Durrant said he hoped to be able to achieve a stay of execution to enable the community to buy the building and maintain its current use. He plans to raise the issue at Wednesday’s Broadland District Council meeting.

Ann Kellett, 61, Falcon Road, Sprowston, said her husband often went to the pub. She said: “I know the people that go there are gutted - it doesn’t bother me what it turns into, it’s just sad another pub will be going.”

Campaign For Real Ale spokesman Neil Walker said planning loopholes made it easy for valued community pubs to be sold off and converted to supermarkets. He said: “CAMRA is currently campaigning for these loopholes to be closed and pubs to be put into their own building use class, making it much harder for any would-be developers.”

The Greene King-owned pub was closed in March 2012 but was reopened under new management in May the same year.

A spokesman for the East of England Co-operative, said: “We can confirm that we have exchanged contracts on The Beehive pub in Sprowston. We will announce our plans for a new community food store in the near future.”

■ Do you love your local? Email David Bale on david.bale2@archant.co.uk

21 comments

  • Monday the 6th at 6pm at the Beehive which the local community will be able to discuss whats happening and from there we will be going to the parish council meeting which is on Wednesday the 8th of jan at the diamond center where we will be able to voice our opinions but we will need to show strength in numbers to stand any chance of mebe getting this decision overturned,the council have told me that the community needs to show this strength in numbers.

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    Ross Patzelt

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Such a shame to see this go. Problem is with all other pubs its getting to expensive to become a "regular" at pubs now. Also cheaper to stay in or go to wetherspoons or fatsos where they have food on good deals. I love my locals but now having kids I rarely go so we are all to blame for them closing as we do not support them enough.

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    Ross Patzelt

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Ross - perhaps they should have done that when the pub was still open.

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    Tudor Bushe

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • It would be good if the Beehive could continue as a Pub but offering a good restaurant service like the Blue Boar does. There's plenty of space and plenty of parking.

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    John Redfern

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Tudor Bushe, because none of those pubs is owned by a massively-over-borrowed pub company sucking the life out of it. If the Council had registered it as an Asset of Community Value, it wouldn't have been able to be sold without a 6-month moratorium, but I guess it's too late now. All that can be done is to oppose any planning apps made by Co-op.

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    Ian S

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • If pubs are driven to close because of pricing of alcohol by supermarkets , why are the following pubs flourishing - Coach & Horses , Fat Cat , Kings Arms , Recruiting Sergeant , Trafford Arms , Golden star , Kings Head Bawburgh , etc etc etc?

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    Tudor Bushe

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • This is sad, but I am afraid this is how things are today, people are driven to buying drinks at cheap prices from Supermarkets, which sell alcohol all day long. Publicans get very little help from the Pub Companies, who are only concerne3d in make profits. The only consolation is that the pub will building will be saved.

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    Derek McDonald

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • A pub for every day of the week? It'll soon be a betting shop for every...! Thanks NuLab.

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    marty r

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Shut all pubs.as drink drivers get away with it.least drink at home.roads be safer.no credit crunch with pubs being open .

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    maureenmarney@aol.com

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • The beehive has been a lame duck as a pub since the 1980,s.I worked on it when it was built in the middle 50,s.Bob the landlord came from the Rainbow in king street and it was a busy pub.A sign of the times it will not be the last

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    AOTWAY@BTINTERNET.COM

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Shut all pubs.as drink drivers get away with it.least drink at home.roads be safer.no credit crunch with pubs being open .

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    maureenmarney@aol.com

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • With all the rules,regulations and taxes the councils are to blame for the demise of the British pub. Smoking bans,tax to play music plus plod waiting to catch drivers mean we'll probably just a handful in another decade. With a pint of beer heading towards £4.00 who can justify spending money this way.

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    Michael Clintergate

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • There was a Co-op Supermarket almost opposite the Beehive many years ago which was eventually closed and demolished as they couldn't compete with Tescos. So what makes them think they will succeed now? Also there is already a small Convenience store in the parade of shops which will inevitably suffer. Also agree with Fatso that generally Co-op is more expensive.

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    John Redfern

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • An old saying once stated that Norwich boasted a pub for every day of the year. I'm afraid "pub" has now been replaced by "food store". Many nice things are being taken away from local communities in order to make way for corporations to make a quick buck.

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    Ar ya reet boi?

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • maureenmarney - I imagine most people who could of used this pub live in the area and only a very small minority drink drive nowadays. I can't see a Co-Op working here with the small shop close (which I hope doesn't close as I use it and has Collect+) and big Tesco 5 mins down the road. Should be knocked down and made into houses, keep pubs in the city

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    ParkandRide

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • Ross wrote :- we will need to show strength in numbers to stand any chance of mebe getting this decision overturned,the council have told me that the community needs to show this strength in numbers. They need to show strength in numbers by making use of the pub not on council decisions .

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    Rorping

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • I don't like the idea of a Coop as they are far too expensive, would have rather it was a Tesco's.

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    Old Long Balls

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • A pint is no dearer now then it was in the 70s, and if you buy it from supermarkets its half the price it was in the 70s

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    billythebookie

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • They are used for take-aways, supermarkets or they are knocked down and cram as many houses in to that same space. Breweries just want to sell beer to supermarkets as its cheaper than running pubs. No overheads or any other problems in that way for them,,What a get out clause and a good excuse for them and the locals are the long term loosers....

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    bowthorpeflyer

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • sorry meant to say 8.30pm tonight is the meeting at the pub

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    Ross Patzelt

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • That maybe true Ian , but in my experience ALL of the pubs I mention are far busier and more attractive places to drink than ANY estate pub I can think of , pub chain owned or not. The fact is that there isn't enough consumer support for these failing pubs - they would be viable if enough locals used them. They do not.

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    Tudor Bushe

    Monday, January 6, 2014

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