Wetherspoons devises 20-point plan to stop fights and keep out ‘trouble’ punters

Wetherspoons has devised a 20-point plan to put a stop to rowdy drunks and football fans annoying neighbours in Bristol.

The popular national pub chain is attempting to reassure residents who live near its proposed new pub in a disused shop on Gloucester Road, where it has been seeking planning permission for years.

'Spoons' is still waiting for Bristol City Council to make a decision on its latest scheme, but its application has now been updated to include a four-page statement on how it plans to avoid noise and anti-social behaviour among its customers, reports BristolLive.

Measures include a 'home fans only' rule and increased door security on match days, a 9pm closing time for its outdoor roof terrace, and a direct line of contact between pub managers and neighbours.

It comes after hundreds of locals voiced their objections to the proposed new pub, with several raising their concerns about 'alcohol-fuelled football supporters' descending out onto the street.

Initial plans for the new pub were submitted in February 2020 to open up inside the 'eyesore' that is the boarded-up unit which was once a supermarket.

Those in favour of the proposal argue that the new Wetherspoons will regenerate the site, which is thought to have been vacant for at least 10 years.

The new document submitted to the council sets out how it intends to be a good neighbour, with a list of 20 pledges including to provide the managers' contact details to nearby residents prior to opening, and to arrange regular meetings.

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It states: "The nature of our food and drink offer and the competitive pricing structure encourages a broad range of customers including families and pensioners to our premises.

"[This] assists in creating an atmosphere in which troublesome customers do not feel comfortable."

The plan notes that "a significant number of our premises have residents, businesses and other noise-sensitive uses adjacent to them with no history of complaint".

It adds that Wetherspoons has "always emphasised the importance of building close relationships with our neighbours".

The document, dated February 2021, was published on the council's website today (Tuesday, June 15) alongside a lengthy noise impact assessment.

The potential for flare-ups between rival sports supporters has been identified as a potential cause of antisocial behaviour, due to the proposed pub's proximity to the Memorial Stadium and Bristol County Ground.

To avoid this, if the pub is allowed to open, there will be a strict home-only fans rule on Bristol Rovers match days and increased security.

Rovers fans will even have to prove their allegiance to the club.

The planning document states: "‘Flash points’ will be avoided during Bristol Rovers FC match days as the pub will be a home fans only pub with entry controlled where necessary by showing a ticket/season ticket or with valid ID showing they are local to the area.

"In advance of the public house opening, JD Wetherspoon will liaise with Bristol Rovers FC and the police for them to use their social media channels to communicate that on match days, the public house will not be open to away fans.

"Managers will work closely with local police and if intelligence is received about the possibility of organised confrontations between fans, then the necessary precautions will be taken including closing the pub where necessary."

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