Campaign lose fight against pub demolition

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CAMPAIGNERS have lost their fight against a pub’s closure and demolition.

The Travellers Joy, in Milton Road, Portsmouth will be knocked down and replaced by a vets’ surgery and eight flats.

The decision was made after the city council’s planning department admitted it couldn’t block the proposal.

But regulars have slammed the decision, which they say is unfair, unnecessary, and will damage their community.

Rick Ford, of Vernon Avenue, Milton, said: ‘It’s a diabolical decision. I come here every weekend and a couple of times during the week. It’s a lovely family pub and it’s always full.’

The pub was bought last year from Punch Taverns by development firm Bacchus Partnership.

Managing director David Roberts, said: ‘Operating the pub is no longer viable. We will work to deliver a scheme which will benefit the local community.’