The prospect of a new real ale bar in Bearwood has had a mixed response, varying from the wildly enthusiastic to the downright hostile.
The comments on this blog and on the Bearwood Facebook Page have been mostly in favour, with supporters of the Campaign for Real Ale saying they are looking forward to taking a drink (or two) in a bar run by a company which already runs The Wellington in Birmingham City Centre, one of the most popular pubs in the Midlands.
However, some residents in Wattis Road which is directly behind the proposed pub are actively opposed to the possibility of another pub appearing behind their back gardens. One residents has written saying they will fight the proposal all the way, pointing out that they already have the Bear and the Samba Lounge to contend with just yards from their homes. It is unacceptable, they say, for them to have another pub tipping out in the early hours of the morning and disturbing the peace.
Both sides of the controversy have announced they will be writing to the planning department to express their views when the request for a change of use to a public house is considered. Even if the Planning Committee give their approval, the argument is likely to continue as the Council's Licensing Committee will then have to determine whether the premises meet the requirements of the licensing laws.