The manager of the Hollow Tree public house and restaurant in Brook Way, Bradley Stoke, has claimed that his business is losing up to £500 of potential trade a day because staff and customers of neighbouring businesses are using his pub’s car park without permission, leaving no space for patrons of the pub during the peak hours of 12pm –4pm.
Speaking during the public questions session at a meeting of Bradley Stoke Town Council on 15th January, landlord Gary Millard said he had heard that staff at Bradley Stoke Surgery had been advised by the town council to use his car park as an alternative to the often congested car park at the doctors’ practice.
He also said he suspected that staff at other nearby businesses including the Rowe Veterinary Centre, Reed Recruitment and Busy Bees Nursery were using his car park during working hours.
The town clerk assured Mr Millard that the town council had “never issued such advice” to the doctors’ surgery.
Mr Millard explained that he had confirmed with South Gloucestershire Council that the section of the car park on the left side, viewed from Ferndene, “belongs to the pub”.
Photo: 10.45am on a recent Thursday morning – Pub not yet open, but car park full.
This article originally appeared in the February 2014 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,250 homes in Bradley Stoke and Little Stoke.
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