Wetherspoon unveils plans for Wellington as pub giant bids to convert former Town Hall

This is The West Country: The old Town Hall in Wellington, pictured in 2006. The old Town Hall in Wellington, pictured in 2006.

PLANS to open a Wetherspoon in Wellington have been given the thumbs up by councillors.

The pub giant wants to open up in the town and has applied to Taunton Deane Council for permission to convert the Grade II listed old Town Hall in Fore Street.

The proposed move was discussed at Wellington Town Council’s planning meeting last night (June 2), with the majority of councillors agreeing it would benefit the town.

Comments will be passed on to Deane planners who will rule on the application at a later date.

The plans include seating for more than 120 customers, incorporating a beer garden on the Cornhill side of the building.

The bar and kitchen would be on the ground floor with a mix of fixed seating, stools, tables and drinks shelves.

Customers will primarily use the main entrance from Fore Street but access would also be available from North Street.

There will be male and female changing rooms for staff upstairs and customer toilets on the proposed plan of the lower ground floor, as well as the cellar and cooled beer store.

Monday’s planning meeting also heard that ITV are looking at opening up a regional hub in the former Town Hall above Wetherspoon, as reported by the County Gazette in February.

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12:57pm Tue 3 Jun 14

shadeclass says...

Just what the alcoholics of Wellington need, a place serving cheaper booze right on a busy road junction. And God help the shopkeepers in Corn Hill, Wetherspoons are putting a beer garden there. This will probably be the smokers area as where else can they go? Plus deliveries are going to be fun as Corn Hill will be blocked by lorries. And where do the dumpsters go? I agree that the building needs some serious remedial work but it would have been good if the local council had looked at alternative uses such as small retail start-ups. Why not try to be different rather than be the same as everywhere else. Money talks as usual.
Just what the alcoholics of Wellington need, a place serving cheaper booze right on a busy road junction. And God help the shopkeepers in Corn Hill, Wetherspoons are putting a beer garden there. This will probably be the smokers area as where else can they go? Plus deliveries are going to be fun as Corn Hill will be blocked by lorries. And where do the dumpsters go? I agree that the building needs some serious remedial work but it would have been good if the local council had looked at alternative uses such as small retail start-ups. Why not try to be different rather than be the same as everywhere else. Money talks as usual. shadeclass
  • Score: -21

2:03pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Welly View says...

You have some cheek assuming everyone who visits a pub is an alcoholic. Hopefully we won't be seeing your grumpy face in there then.
You have some cheek assuming everyone who visits a pub is an alcoholic. Hopefully we won't be seeing your grumpy face in there then. Welly View
  • Score: 24

8:30pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Dr Dave says...

My god shadeclass you're a bundle of fun aren't you??

I for one, along with many others, welcome a beer garden in the centre of town, I'm happy to share it with smokers as it is out in the open air.

Surely we all should be welcoming Weatherspoons to Wellington, rather than picking up on all the negatives, using such as the rubbish bins, I'm sure that would have been thought of.

Small startup retail units?? That has been tried before, with many failing, leaving unsightly empty premises.
My god shadeclass you're a bundle of fun aren't you?? I for one, along with many others, welcome a beer garden in the centre of town, I'm happy to share it with smokers as it is out in the open air. Surely we all should be welcoming Weatherspoons to Wellington, rather than picking up on all the negatives, using such as the rubbish bins, I'm sure that would have been thought of. Small startup retail units?? That has been tried before, with many failing, leaving unsightly empty premises. Dr Dave
  • Score: 14

4:43pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Somerset_BTGOG says...

It will kill the Wellington skittles league.
It will kill the Wellington skittles league. Somerset_BTGOG
  • Score: -3

5:20pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Monument says...

Good news
Good news Monument
  • Score: 1

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