‘Lifeline’ for ailing city pub

Yew Tree Inn,Malin Bridge, which has been saved from closure
Yew Tree Inn,Malin Bridge, which has been saved from closure

A historic Sheffield pub can be ‘saved’ with a new outdoor drinking area.

An initial scheme for a beer garden for the Yew Tree at Malin Bridge was rejected by the council earlier this year because of the predicted noise and other disturbance for neighbours.

Now ambitions have been scaled back to the satisfaction of the authority.

Although the proposed external drinking area is only slightly smaller, with fixed umbrellas, proposals for seating booths, TV screens and floodlights have been dropped.

Representatives of Punch Taverns told the council of the importance of the outdoor drinking area to the pub because of the smoking ban and the expectations of customers.

“Rejection of this application will result in the closing of the business and yet another public house being converted into other uses such as new housing or apartments,” they said.

Consultants added: “The ailing business is in need of some revamp to provide a more pleasing environment and customer based facilities for modern Britain and the use of public houses.”

A council report says: “The nature of the current scheme overcomes previous concerns that the beer garden would be used much more intensively and regardless of time of day, weather or time of year.”

The Yew Tree was the place where some of the 240 dead were taken during the 1864 Sheffield Flood when Dale Dyke reservoir burst its banks. Community representatives are pressing for the event to be commemorated as the 150th anniversary approaches.

There were also concerns earlier this year that signs for the pub – part of a proposed revamp as Champs Sports Bar and Grill – would be “excessive” for the old and prominent building.

A spokesperson for Punch Taverns said the company was “currently exploring all options”.