TOTTON PUB TO BE DEMOLISHED Planners at New Forest District Council have approv…

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TOTTON PUB TO BE DEMOLISHED

Planners at New Forest District Council have approved the application to demolish the former Players Pub, Water Lane, Totton and replace it with a small housing development.

The pub has been closed for four years. It is part of a trend of seeing more and more pubs close around the country. Certainly, it would be a very brave business person to have taken on the challenge of investing in its' re-opening and hoping to make it a profitable business.

I guess the reality is that the owners are set to make more money by demolishing and selling it to a housing developer.

I have mixed views. We need homes but we are also losing places where the community can get together, including social clubs and pubs. I hate to think that the future involves us all in leading isolated lives, largely played out on social media. It certainly makes our remaining pubs, community centres, sports clubs and projects like The Men's Shed all the more important.

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