News: Hundreds left ‘gutted’ after popular pub and restaurant reveals it could be demolished

News: Hundreds left ‘gutted’ after popular pub and restaurant reveals it could be demolished

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Staff at a popular pub close to the A1 have revealed it could be set to be demolished.

Plans have been put forward to South Kesteven District Council that will see the Fox pub and restaurant in South Witham near Colsterworth demolished along with the OK Diner and the disused Abacus bus station.

In its place, The Fox Roadside Services Ltd are seeking planning permission to build a new petrol station and a 40-bed hotel.

The Fox pub has been a popular ‘trucking’ stop, especially for those who drive HGVs.

 

However, in the planning application, The Fox Roadside Services Ltd says the pub, which also has a restaurant, is operating “well below its capacity.”

But, those who run the pub say they are absolutely devastated about the possibility it could close.

(Image: Google Street View)

 

A post on the Fox’s Facebook page read: “It’s with a heavy heart I have to inform everyone that The Fox is being sold and plans have gone into the council to demolish the whole site.

“We are absolutely gutted as you all know what it has taken to make The Fox one of the good old truckstops that you drivers deserve.

“However, we will be running the truckstop right up until the plans get passed or the sale goes through and then we will close the doors.

“I will keep you all informed of any developments.

“On behalf of myself and my team, Ma, Kev, Carly, Kieron and Sharon, thank you for all of your support and please continue to use us as I would like to keep all the staff on until the very end.

“Get your Fox fix while you can.”

 

Hundreds of customers past and present have been in touch to offer their sympathy and support.

Michael Hare wrote: “Such a sad day for you and all your staff. The laughs we have had. I just hope you can find somewhere else suitable. You know all your customers would support you. And let the place go out with a big bang.”

Wayne Cocks commented: “Absolutely gutted. Best truckstop in the country by a mile. I hope you find another site as you guys deserve to make a success of it, if not only for the way you put us drivers first.”

Julie Charles posted: “Sorry to hear this. Going to be a great loss to us drivers. Hopefully, you can get somewhere else.”

Stephen Brinkley added: “Had many great nights in the Fox. I will be very sad to see you guys go too. Best of luck for the future.”

Planning permission for the proposal has yet to be decided.



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