Has The Plough pub been purchased as a development opportunity?

The Plough, Sandygate Road
The Plough, Sandygate Road

An update from The Plough pub campaign team:

As you all know, we lodged our bid with Enterprise on August 17 and had some discussions with them after that date.

We were informed that a ‘significantly’ higher bid had been made and that it was from someone who wished to continue to operate the Plough as a pub. We took this information from Enterprise in good faith.

Since then, it has been very difficult to obtain any further information about the potential buyer but we have picked up a number of disturbing rumours suggesting that the pub has been purchased as a development opportunity.

We understand that a residential development of the site might be attempted in the guise of reopening the Plough as a bistro for a short period time but with the long term aim of redeveloping the whole site at the expense of the pub.

We remain committed to protecting the Plough as an Asset of Community Value and will campaign against any proposed change of use or any backdoor attempt to redevelop the site. The current ACV runs until 2020 at which time we can reapply for listing for another five years.

We did anticipate that when dealing with Enterprise, things are not always as they seem, and it may be we are in for another hard fought planning campaign.

We are keen to get the message out there to any potential developers – beware of the power of our local community!

Peter
The Plough Community Benefit Society

The Plough on Sandygate Road to reopen as a pub

The Save The Plough campaign group have announced that their bid to buy The Plough has been beaten by a higher offer from another party that wishes to reopen the pub:

The Plough, Sandygate Road
The Plough, Sandygate Road

We submitted our bid to the agents last week. Our bid was based on a professional valuation of £435,000 which also included the third car park adjacent to the sports ground.

We were informed by the agents that the third car park had now been taken out of the sale but we stood by our bid.

In discussions with both the agents and Enterprise Inns this week, we were asked if we could increase our bid to match one which was ‘significantly’ higher than ours. We did not want to get drawn into a bidding war and restated that our bid was a fair and reasonable offer.

It seems that Enterprise Inns will go with the higher offer. We do not know who the other bidder is but Enterprise did say it was someone who wants to reopen the pub and it is someone with a track record in the industry.

Despite the fact that we now seem to have reached the end of the road for our project, we would like to thank everyone who has supported the campaign and those who pledged to invest in a community pub. Local people have shown great support for the Plough and we think that this has persuaded other investors that it can be a viable pub and a great local.

Obviously, there is some disappointment in that we might not meet our aim of reopening the Plough as a community run pub but we feel that we can all be proud of what we achieved. When our campaign began in June 2016, our original campaign slogan was ‘Save the Plough’ and it looks like we have done that. If we had not successfully campaigned against Sainsbury’s application for change of the use, the pub would have been lost forever.

During the course of our campaign, it has become clear that there is tremendous community spirit in Crosspool and it would be great if that community spirit could be channeled into other local projects – any ideas?

Once again, we would like to thank everyone for their support throughout a long and challenging campaign and, whenever we had a low point as a campaign group, the support of the community always got us through.

Regards

Peter
(The Plough Community Campaign)

Further £20k pledged to Plough campaign

The Plough, Sandygate Road
The Plough, Sandygate Road

A further £20,000 has been pledged in support of the Plough pub since the last public meeting.

The campaign to reopen the Sandygate Road pub is looking to raise £120,000 through a community share issue.

A recent post on the campaign Facebook page says:

A few days ago, we needed 150 people to make a minimum pledge. Now that’s down to 80 – we’re sure if we all work hard, we can find those people.

Please email – ploughsandygate@gmail.com for a pledge form or to make a pledge.

More cows on the loose in Crosspool

More cows on the loose in Crosspool - photo @Carniphage
More cows on the loose in Crosspool – photo @Carniphage

Several cows have been spotted loose near Moorband Road and Sandygate Road.

It is thought that the animals have now been recaptured.

In May 2015 a herd of cattle were spotted in various locations around the neighbourhood including the precinct, Watt Lane, Worcester Close, Sandygate Park Road and Hagg Lane.

Can you solve the riddle of Morecambe and Wise in Lodge Moor?

The Plough, Sandygate Road
Could Eric Morcambe have stayed near The Plough on Sandygate Road in 1953?

In 1953, Ernie Wise of Morecambe and Wise fame, and his wife Doreen camped in their converted Bedford bus at a petrol station in the Lodge Moor area of the city. This occurred when Morecambe and Wise were appearing in the pantomime Dick Whittington in Sheffield.

Eric Morecambe and his wife Joan had rented a house nearby and possibly, the petrol station in question was as close to them as it was practical to park a single decker bus. The question is, which petrol station?

Opinion seems to favour Sandygate Motors next to The Plough on Sandygate Road but others have been suggested.

Local artist Michael Dolby is searching for the answer for a project which he is contributing to.

Mr Dolby said: “It is one of those things that have become part of local folklore, many people have heard a variation of the story but, other than the bare fact that Ernie Wise or Doreen Wise have said in two biographies that they camped in a bus at a Lodge Moor petrol station little else seems to be certain. It would at least be nice to know and commit it to local history record.”

If anyone has any information on this, Michael would welcome an email to michaeldolby1954@gmail.com.

The Plough pub consultation deadline extended to Monday 19 September

The Plough, Sandygate Road
The Plough, Sandygate Road

The consultation deadline to comment on proposals for changes to The Plough pub has been extended to Monday 19 September.

After the pub closed in April, Sainsbury’s  announced plans to turn it into a convenience store.

This is the second time that the deadline for comments has been extended.

Read more about The Plough and the campaign to keep it as a pub

 

The Plough pub consultation deadline extended to Friday 9 September

The Plough, Sandygate Road
The Plough, Sandygate Road

The consultation deadline to comment on proposals for changes to The Plough pub has been extended to Friday 9 September.

After the pub closed in April, Sainsbury’s  announced plans to turn it into a convenience store.

The Save the Plough group has been coordinating the campaign to keep the building as a pub and save the sporting heritage of Sandygate. The group has raised several specific concerns over the proposals and is encouraging residents to give their views.

Some residents are also in support of the the idea of a convenience store opening in place of the pub.

If you have views either way then consider making them known to Sainsbury’s, Sheffield Planning Committee by commenting on the website, our local MP and councillors:

Last year The Plough was listed as an asset of community value.

Residents campaign to save The Plough pub

The Plough, Sandygate Road
The Plough, Sandygate Road

Crosspool residents are fighting to save The Plough pub.

After the pub closed in April, Sainsbury’s  announced plans to turn it into a convenience store.

The Save the Plough group has been coordinating the campaign to keep the building as a pub and save the sporting heritage of Sandygate. Together with local councillors, they have launched a survey to gauge public opinion on the issue. They’re also raising money to support the campaign.

Ideas include turning the site into a multi-use community facility and a visitor centre for the world’s oldest football ground, which is opposite.

Some residents are also in support of the the idea of a convenience store opening in place of the pub. If you have views either way then consider making them known to Sainsbury’s, Sheffield Planning Committee, our local MP and your councillors:

Last year The Plough was listed as an asset of community value.