Villagers oppose plans to turn Local Pub into Dental Practice

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A number of villagers in Ash Green near Colchester are opposing plans to turn the local pub into a dental practice.

The Brick & Tile pub closed seven months ago after the previous owner died and the new owners have submitted plans to Colchester Council to turn the pub into a dental surgery; however, local residents say that they want a pub, rather than a surgery.

The planning application states that the practice would employ eight people, including five on a full-time basis.

Sarah Evans, the owner of Tangles hair salon, which is across the road from the pub, said that it was a great shame that the pub closed and the community missed having a local where everyone could gather. Another resident, Kim White, said that the closure of the pub was a great loss to the local community; she said that there was no real need for a dental surgery because there are two practices nearby.

Kevin Chapman, from County Cars, said that he was not opposed to the dental surgery because it was better than having an empty building; he also said that a dental surgery would bring more people into the village, which may be beneficial for the other local businesses.

The council are set to make a decision on the planning application later this year.

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