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pickers posted..

Dear All.

As I spend a lot of time reading this forum without posting very much, I felt this was possible a thread which I should comment on. My name is Richard Pickford and I am one of the company Directors at Snapes BUT more importantly the Branch Manager at Hazel Grove and a Hazel Grove resident, so I have real interest in this project.

We (Snapes) have indeed purchased the building and intend to demolish The Grove Inn. We appreciated as a company this may have some negative feedback as we know the property dates back someway. However having inspected the property externally and internally, we came to the decision that in our opinion the building was not of enough interest to warrant trying to convert into what we would like to achieve. I am sure most would agree it is not nearly as nice as the pubs which were put on the heritage list and perhaps this one being left off, was no accident.

There are a few existing “original” features, as I am sure anyone who ever drank in the pub knew, however it had been decaying and getting worse and worse even when trading. At present the building is getting no better and local residents and business owners have told us how this site has fast become a drinking and drugs meeting place for some. We would never have even looked at such a project if it had been of real local interest and I am sure if any other developers felt it had the potential to refurbish in its existing form then they would have gone for it. Unfortunately the sad fact was there was little interest in the building to be left as it stands as there is no room for anymore pubs or takeaway food shops it appears on the A6.

We felt that perhaps the site and the A6 may benefit from some “new buildings” whilst I appreciate many people are concerned about the increase in traffic on the A6 and the fact we are demolishing an “old” building, we felt the small increase in traffic it may bring from new residents and business owners may well have the counter effect of more money being spent in our local shops and further more the dilapidated building turned in to something slightly more pleasing to look at.

I am happy to answer any questions from local residents about our plans, which are all available to be seen on the SMBC planning website and finally we are sorry to those who may feel “bulldozing” is not the way forward, however cost implications mean this building in our opinion will be left exactly how it is for many more years to come if redevelopment is not allowed.

Regards

Richard Pickford (on behalf of Snapes Estate Agents)