LEICESTER – TROUBLE BREWINGCategory: Land + People
The Planner’s Retreat would be an apt name for the new public house which is to be built on a vacant plot of ground in Leicester’s Highfields district. Highfields, probably the city’s largest working- class conurbation is not noted for its open spaces.
But there are a lot of pubs and drinking clubs. Until recently only the breweries remembered Highfields.
In fact from the vacant plot of ground which is on the new St. Peter’s estate, a drinking club and an off-licence can be seen on the street corner less than 100 yards away.
From the corner of the street another drinking club and a pub come into sight. And a walk to the next corner brings into panoramic view yet another pub; all less than 300 yards away from the open ground.
Understandably, local tenants feel there are enough pubs in the area. As the ground is next to a new senior citizens’ home and a community centre, also with its own bar planned, a small park with seats might be more appropriate say the tenants.
But even though the Highbury and St. Peter’s Residents’ Association has organised a petition against the pub as wTell as picketing Leicester’s town hall, the council has not informed local tenants of the exact situation.
According to the city estates office which is handling the matter, a pub will be built on the site.
So the council and breweries together appear to have the matter well in hand except that the tenants feel their wishes should come before those of the brewers.
(Morning Star, April, 1976)