Final nail in the coffin for Hayling Island’s 165-year-old pub

CLOSED ''The Rose In June, Hayling Island.
CLOSED ''The Rose In June, Hayling Island.
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A 19th century pub is to be turned into a convenience store.

The Rose in June, in Selsmore Avenue, Hayling Island, was at the centre of controversy when developers made a bid to turn it into flats.

Not long afterwards it was hit by a huge blaze and has been empty ever since.

Now the Co-op has taken on the lease of the pub and it will become a convenience store once refurbishments are completed next year.

Permission was given despite a petition against it which garnered 400 names.

Michelle Mitchell, owner of Home Nursing Supplies, set up the petition.

She said: ‘The council has ignored our views.

‘There will now be three convenience stores within 150 yards of each other.

‘No one can understand it.

‘People will stop visiting the little newsagent for their papers and bypass this area altogether.

‘It’s ridiculous.

‘It will be in Selsmore Road which backs onto the high street.

‘We’ve already got Tesco on the island too.’

A battle was fought to save the pub in 2008.

But Councillor Leah Turner, who represents East Hayling and sits on the planning committee, said something had to be done with the 165-year-old building.

She said: ‘As with most residents on the island I think it’s a very great shame that we have lost a pub.

‘But that site has been empty for such a very long time.

‘It looks a mess and it adds nothing to the village.

‘I’m very pleased to see it reopening as a convenience store or anything else.

‘Nobody wanted to reopen it as a pub, and at least it will be used for something.’

An application has also gone in for four, three bedroom houses on the land next to the site.

Monterrey Properties are the developers behind it and, because of the small scale of the development, it will be decided under the planning officers’ delegated powers.

The Co-op will open early next year and have 3,500sq ft of shop space.

Gareth Dexter, regional acquisitions manager for The Co-operative Food said: ‘The Co-operative is proud of its record of operating at the heart of many communities.

‘A new store on Hayling Island will create new jobs and will complement our existing nearby outlets, while providing an asset for the local community.’