The Gun in Bowers Gifford wants to build a venue to hold wakes

"I’ll fight on to get a place for the mourners": Bowers Gifford landlady wants new function room

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A LICENSEE says she will appeal against Basildon Council’s refusal allow her pub to expand.

Lynn Mohseni, of the Gun, in London Road, Bowers Gifford, wants to build a new function room, mainly as a venue for wakes following services at Pitsea Crematorium and Cemetery, in nearby Church Road. The council refused her application, arguing the green belt site was unsuitable for such a use.

However, Mrs Mohseni, who re-opened the Gun two years ago with husband, Abi, feels the pub is a special case.

She said: “Families want to come to us for wakes. We have a good reputation for doing them well.

“I know it’s green belt land, but that didn’t stop themputtingahuge bridge right through themiddle of my land.

“The new function room would bring more employment.

Considering that Basildon Council wants to regenerate the area, I think it should look at the proposals again.

“At the end of the day, we need to do what we can to survive.

“We are a community pub and we do what we can to look after the community.

We will definitely be lodging an appeal.”

The refusal came 18 months after plans for a 20- bedroom hotel in the pub grounds – also for people going to services at the crematorium – were turned down.

On that occasion, the Government’s Planning Inspectorate backed the council’s decision.

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10:28am Mon 3 Feb 14

black jack ketchum says...

Why not make use of the restaurant that is adjoined to the pub, its not open in the day when a funeral wake will be held, its not exactly busy at night either!
Why not make use of the restaurant that is adjoined to the pub, its not open in the day when a funeral wake will be held, its not exactly busy at night either! black jack ketchum
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10:45am Mon 3 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

I thought they already had a room for this purpose.

Admittedly I've only been in the pub once since it reopened but it seemed that there is a room out the back. The 'public'bar was the only other part of the establishment open and I use at the time. The restaurant portion was shut but there seemed to be a lot of mourners filing into a room off the public bar area.

Having said that it's a decent place to gofor a drink and I'm glad that it's been reopened/revamped in the past few years as so many other local pubs have bitten the dust and shut/been demolished.

Good luck to them.
I thought they already had a room for this purpose. Admittedly I've only been in the pub once since it reopened but it seemed that there is a room out the back. The 'public'bar was the only other part of the establishment open and I use at the time. The restaurant portion was shut but there seemed to be a lot of mourners filing into a room off the public bar area. Having said that it's a decent place to gofor a drink and I'm glad that it's been reopened/revamped in the past few years as so many other local pubs have bitten the dust and shut/been demolished. Good luck to them. Howard Cháse
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11:07am Mon 3 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

That big property that's for sale across the bridge over the A13 would make for a good hotel.
That big property that's for sale across the bridge over the A13 would make for a good hotel. Howard Cháse
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11:08am Mon 3 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Nothing like the greed, of some people, wake up
Nothing like the greed, of some people, wake up You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: 3

11:59am Mon 3 Feb 14

andy:) says...

Whilst its a nice aim to provide room for mourners I dont think its a good ewnough reason to eat into green belt land
Whilst its a nice aim to provide room for mourners I dont think its a good ewnough reason to eat into green belt land andy:)
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