JD Wetherspoons have put in a Planning Application at 25 High Street (the old post office which closed when the post office service was moved to the Co-op) for “Change of use from post office to public house, with external alterations and associated works.”
See the post at Abingdon Blog for photos and more information.
Public consultation ends on 1st June and you can add a comment to the planning application.
JD Wetherspoons is a British company founded by Tim Martin and floated on the London Stock Market (Symbol JDW). They are very pro-British and critical of government taxation on the pub and beer industries. They support the idea of a pub as a controlled environment to drink responsibility instead of cheap supermarket alcohol which encourages binge drinking.
In their last financial report, they said that “the disparity between supermarket and pub prices has a knock-on effect for other businesses in small towns and secondary shopping centres, contributing to closed shops and reduced economic activity” and that pubs “generally try to create a supervised and civilised environment for drinking, usually preferable to streets, parks, parties and homes.”