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The Registry pub
The Registry pub
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ANOTHER Portsmouth pub could be about to be lost to developers.

The Registry, in St Michael’s Road, Portsmouth is facing plans to be developed into student halls of residence.

The proposals are to create a 43-bedroom unit.

But 1,000 people have already signed a petition in a bid to save the pub.

Petition creator Rob Troubadour said: ‘The venue has been a part of my life since I was 18.

‘If we keep plugging at it I think that we can save it.’

As well as the petition, people have commented on the city council’s application page in a bid to save the historic building.

Billy Osbourne, of Concrete Music, which is The Registry’s longest-running event, said: ‘It’s very sad for us.

‘Our weekly parties have been running there for the past three years and it was the perfect venue for what we wanted to do.

‘Portsmouth already lacks great diversity with regard to venues which appeal to both students and residents. ‘

Concrete Music co-founder Alex Pickering added: ‘All we can do is help raise awareness for what is being planned and show how much it means to everyone.’

Over the years, The Registry has become a hot spot that showcases music.

University of Portsmouth student Stephen Darcy Smith said: ‘It would be a bad decision.

‘Not only is it a great venue, but it holds a special place for students unlike anything else in the city.’

REL Limited property developers is involved in the bid. They have a long-term lease on the site but are working with the owners of The Registry to explore options available, which could still see the pub stay open.

Spokesman Chase McGuiness said: ‘We understand the owners of the pub have put in a planning application which, if successful, will last for three years, and they’re merely looking at long-term options for the site.’

Chase added: ‘We have a long-term lease on the site.

‘The support is ever increasing from students and residents and there is positively a lot of great concern towards the survival of The Registry.’

The application will go before city planners at a date to be confirmed.

In 2010, more than 6,000 people joined a campaign to save The Registry from turning into a trendy bar.

To support the latest petition to keep the pub open, log on to tinyurl.com/opp7z8y