Battle for the Claregate pub

A battle is ongoing in Wolverhampton over the future of the Claregate pub on Codsall Road. Despite the pub not being listed for sale, Marstons Plc have received an offer from Crown Care Group (formerly Ladhar Care) for the land the pub sits on, with plans to demolish the pub and construct a 70+ room care home on the site. Crown Care’s offer is reportedly for such a large sum of money (rumoured to be around £2 million) that Marstons cannot turn it down. Local residents and pub users have created petitions, with signatures numbering into the thousands, and ‘Save Our Claregate’ meetings are being held at the pub.

The Claregate pub on Codsall Road

The fight to save the pub is also backed by local councillors and the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), with supporters arguing that although care homes are much needed, there are many empty plots of land in Wolverhampton that could be purchased for construction of a Crown Care home without the loss of a profit making pub. Claregate users have also highlighted Crown Care Groups purchase of another pub from Marstons, The Victoria in Beverley, Hull, which they plan to demolish and replace with an 85 bed care home as reported in the Hull Daily Mail.

The ‘Save Our Claregate’ campaign has organised petitions and meetings

There has been a pub on the site of the Claregate for hundreds of years, with the current building being constructed between the wars to cater for the population increase as the Claregate area was developed with housing. The pub was originally called The Fieldhouse before taking on the areas name. Today the pub functions well as both a pub and restaurant.

The developer is holding a public meeting at Christ the King Church on Pendeford Avenue on Wednesday 10th June between 12 & 2pm, with the Save Our Claregate group appealing for pub users to attend and make their feelings known.

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