July 28, 2008 1:15 PM
Councillors David Down and John Shipley outside the Royal George pub in Parklands Ward

Councillor David Down (left) and Councillor John Shipley are concerned about the future of the Royal George pub in Brunton Park

The Royal George, which has been part of the life of Brunton Park and North Gosforth since the estate was built, is set to close


Residents are understandably deeply concerned at the decision taken by the owners. Interest has been expressed by a developer who has

submitted an outline planning application to build a 46 bedroom rest home on the site with ancillary lounges and dining rooms.

Councillor David Down says: "Residents immediately affected are being consulted directly but if you

wish to let us have any comments on this proposal, please do so.

"Your views are important to us."

Councillor John Shipley says: "It is a matter of great regret to us that there is such increasing pressure on facilities that make up a

community, such as pubs, post offices and local shops."