Scores sign petition as Sheffield pub asset bid is lodged

The Plough, Sandygate Road. Andrew Roe

The Plough, Sandygate Road. Andrew Roe

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A campaign to protect a Sheffield pub is picking up momentum - with more than 170 people signing a petition against the prospect of it becoming a convenience store.

A formal bid to have The Plough, at Sandygate, recognised as a community asset saving it from future development has also been lodged with Sheffield Council, after attracting 130 backers - six times the minimum level of support required - within just five days.

The pub is out to let, and regulars are concerned it could shut altogether to make way for a supermarket.

A loophole in planning laws allows a pub to be converted to a store without further permission.

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has been linked with the site, opposite Hallam FC, the world’s oldest football ground. However, the retailer previously said it had ‘no firm plans’ for The Plough.

Resident Peter Duff, who lives in Sandygate and is co-ordinating the campaign, said: “There’s a high level of support in the local community for it to stay as a pub.”

He added: “There’s a feeling that it has been deliberately run down. With the right investment it could be a success, but there has been a succession of landlords and nobody has been in there long enough.

“I think we’ve got a strong community asset bid. It’s not just a pub, it’s a meeting place for local groups, both formally and informally.”

The bid will go before a council panel on June 4, Mr Duff said.

Crookes ward councillor Geoff Smith said the petition numbers showed there was ‘considerable local feeling’ about the pub’s fate.