Keswick police station sold to pub chain Wetherspoon
Last updated at 17:02, Friday, 26 July 2013
Keswick’s police station and magistrates court have been sold to pub chain JD Wetherspoon.
The national business, which already has pubs in Workington, Whitehaven and Carlisle, is to move into the building in Bank Street.
Negotiations for the same site, co-owned by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Cumbria County Council, had initially collapsed last year.
Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon has said previously the pub would be "an asset to Keswick" and would "hopefully act as a catalyst for further investment in the town.”
Offers of more than £475,000 had been invited for the building, on the market since August 2012.
The county council's share of the sale money will used to bolster frontline services.
The Keswick community policing team has moved to the town hall.
Wetherspoon runs more than 800 pubs. It says it offers a large range of ale, global beers, continental larger and ciders and serves all-day food. It also runs the chain of Lloyds No.1 bars.
First published at 16:46, Friday, 26 July 2013
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I feel so sad, I have been coming to Keswick twice a year for the last 5 yrs. The whole charm and appeal is that it is totally unspoilt and has retained its local bars, The bank,The DOg And Gun, are just few. We have just returned today and some of the pubs and bars were really struggling, surely if a big chain pub arrives some will close. They will be able to weather these quiet times and then take over. Keswick will then lose it's. Character and appeal to the true lovers of this town; I'm so upset.
Elizabeth's comment dated 28th July this year says that cities and towns will all look the same - same shops, bars etc., and lose all the lovely things that make them special, memorable and unique. She is obviously not familiar with the Wetherspoon Pubs!! This is a group which strives very successfully to maintain the character of the premises bought and incorporates furniture and fitments to make focal points and features of their places. There is less "in your face" advertising by Wetherspoon than some pubs already in Keswick, and the meals offer a wide choice, as do the drinks, at reasonable prices. They have an excellent children's menu which they allow Senior Citizens such as myself to enjoy. On visiting a town I "Google" Wetherspoon beforehand as I'm sure of a good meal in pleasant surroundings with friendly service. And . . . they don't take advantage of special occasions as do other chains or independent eating places - on Valentines Day when everyone else cashed in and made money Wetherspoon had a really special treat for couples which was enjoyed by many who would normally have to stay at home because of inflated prices. You're missing a treat, Elizabeth. I will continue to enjoy!!
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