Kingswood Wetherspoon’s expansion plans come under fire

Plans to extend the Wetherspoon’s pub in Kingswood town centre have come under fire.

South Gloucestershire Council is currently considering plans for a single-storey rear extension to The Kingswood Colliers in Regent Street to create more indoor seating, plus the extension of the beer garden into the car park.

The extension at the rear of the property will add approximately 80 square metres of internal floor area.

Concerns have been flagged up by people living nearby including that the garden already creates a substantial amount of noise late into the evening and fears that there would be an increase in anti-social behaviour.

Objections on the council’s planning website include: “Every day and night there is a huge amount of noise and when walking through the main high street on a morning (especially the weekend)  there is a lot of litter, broken glass bottles, alcohol bottles, cans, etc. that are just left on walls, roads, pavements that Wetherspoon’s never clears up.

“On top of that, weekends are hideous for anti-social behaviour, having drunk people damaging property, cars, tipping over bins, screaming, shouting, throwing glass at all hours, and building onto the already existing beer garden would just encourage more of this.”

Another local resident said: “The current noise pollution from the garden area, deliveries, waste collection and staff emptying bins early in the morning has a daily impact on the residents. The proposed changes would mean the garden area would extend to within approximately 20 metres of bedroom window.”