KIRKBY’S economy is set to get a much-needed boost after councillors approved plans for a new pub in the town.
Kirkby councillors welcomed proposals by pub chain J. D. Wetherspoon to create a new pub at Regency Buildings on Diamond Avenue during a meeting of Ashfield District Council’s Planning Committee on Thursday.
The vacant building, which has been described as a ‘gateway’ to the town, was originally a cinema and has had a number of uses.
But it has become an eyesore and J. D. Wetherspoon plans to refurbish it before moving in.
Councillors said that the plans would create jobs, encourage more people to come to Kirkby and help other businesses in the town centre.
Coun Cheryl Butler, whose Kirkby Central ward includes the site, said: “The prospect of more jobs in our area is a prospect we should not miss.
“The company would offer jobs in a variety of areas - bar staff, catering, management and finance.
“This may also lead to other established businesses benefiting too.”
Her views were echoed by Coun Warren Nuttall who said: “I work in Kirkby as well as live in Kirkby and this has got the town buzzing.
“Kirkby is actually getting something and this is part of it - Morrisons, Wetherspoon’s, what’s next?”
Fellow Kirkby councillor Rachel Madden also said she supported the plans.
“I welcome this. It should be a positive thing for the town centre.”
She added that the 1930s features should be preserved as far as possible.
Diamond Kebabs takeaway also trades from the building and this will remain.