Campaign group welcome pub re-opening but say concerns remain over development plans

A GROUP backing pubs have spoken of their concern for plans to turn a re-opened Portsmouth pub into housing.

Friday, 8th June 2018, 1:41 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 4:33 pm
The Invincible, on Wickham Street, Portsmouth. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

As reported in The News, The Invincible is due to open today after it was closed at short notice last month.

Following its closure, an outline application for a 12-storey bedsit was submitted to Portsmouth City Council.

Despite this, the pub’s owner Ei Group decided to re-open the site on Wickham Street with new owners Michael Kearns and Amber Cotton-Briggs taking over earlier this week.

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Martyn Constable, chairman of CAMRA’s Portsmouth and south east Hampshire branch, welcomed the re-opening but was cautious about the pub’s long-term future.

‘While it is great news that the Invincible pub will be reopened, we are incredibly concerned that it is still threatened by re-development,’ he said.

‘Pubs are vital to communities and economies and in many areas they provide the last remaining public meeting space.

‘They have a hugely positive impact on people’s personal wellbeing, from helping individuals make friends to providing a support network for long-term locals.

‘It is imperative that we do what we can to help struggling pubs stay open and arrest the alarming number of pubs closing across the UK.’