Petition calls for the Gainsborough to be sold to Council

September 17 2018
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The Gainsborough pub on Gainsborough Square closed its doors to the public for the last time way back in 2010. Since then it has gradually fallen into a state of complete disrepair and is a blot on Lockleaze’s landscape and

is a blot on Lockleaze’s landscape and is one of the barriers to investment in the area.

The owner has showed little interest in selling believing it to be worth more in the future than it is now, and has very recently turned down a fair offer from Bristol City Council.

The Lockleaze Residents Planning Group have set up a petition to pressurise the Council into starting the Compulsory Purchase Order process, and are calling on all Lockleaze residents to sign it. This is a process where, if a reasonable offer to a land owner has been rejected the council can apply to the courts to force a sale. Councils are reluctant to do this because of the legal costs involved, but the law exists for just this purpose, managing  private greed that is limiting or diminishing public good.

The petition can be accessed online at and paper versions can be signed at the Hub, Buzz Lockleaze, Crispy Cod, Lockleaze Library, and the Old Library.