Local campaigners have succeeded in their long running campaign to save the Plough pub- and have thanked local Labour councillors for their work in making this happen.
The decision was taken at the council's planning meeting on 10th January, where Crookes and Crosspool Labour Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh spoke against the application to turn the registered Community Asset into a convenience store.
Local resident Peter Duff, who lead the community campaign, recognised the role that Craig and fellow labour councillor Anne Murphy played: "We really appreciate the support that Anne and Craig gave to our campaign to save the Plough. They did a lot of the unseen work that local Councillors don’t always get credit for but which is vitally important."
Addressing the planning board, Craig explained the importance the campaign has had for local people. "Anne and I have worked tirelessly alongside the Save the Plough campaign group. On street stalls, collecting signatures on petitions, knocking on doors, we heard and saw first hand how strongly the community objected to this application."
Picture: Crookes Labour Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh celebrates the formal decision to save the Plough with local campaigners and residents at Sheffield Town Hall
Speaking after the planning board decision, he continued "It is very clear that the success of this has been driven by local people and the campaign group- I am glad to have played a part in supporting them to get to this point. Peter Duff added "Anne and Craig respected the fact that ours was a community-led campaign and worked alongside us in a genuine partnership".
Read Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh's full speech to the planning board here.
STOP PRESS: since the planning meeting, Sainsburys have confirmed that they WILL NOT appeal the decision.