Mortlake's Stag Brewery to stay open until 2014

Richmond and Twickenham Times: Staying open: Mortlake brewery Staying open: Mortlake brewery

Plans for the redevelopment of Mortlake’s Stag Brewery site were today on hold after the brewery’s owners announced it would continue operating from the riverside site until at least 2014.

AB InBev UK, which produces Budweiser beer, announced today it would scrap plans to relocate brewing operations at the end of this year following an upturn in sales.

A spokesman said: “Given the very strong performance of Budweiser in the UK, we have decided to postpone the closure of the Stag brewery in the short term.

“The site will remain open until at least the end of 2014.”

The news means Richmond Council’s plans to develop a planning brief ensuring residents would see changes they wanted on the site will have to be shelved.

The council has yet to comment.

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10:41pm Wed 25 May 11

Concerned_Resident says...

I wonder how much money the council wasted on its consultation, plans, advertising and lobbying for a site they didn't own? Lots I'm sure.
I wonder how much money the council wasted on its consultation, plans, advertising and lobbying for a site they didn't own? Lots I'm sure. Concerned_Resident

1:34pm Sun 29 May 11

PhillipTaylor says...

What a miserable and negative comment from CR.

The site is a major prime location and I, for one, am very glad that the Council have reviewed the future of the site even though we have to wait longer for the brewery to clear off.

The current buildings are horrible and an eye-sore so I would welcome the end of brewing and the site put over to something socially useful for the community. I have always favoured a sports facility myself without a drain on the public purse.

If you don't like the planning rules as they stand, CR, get to Parliament and change them (if you can!). Or presumably you don't really believe in having an open consultation on such an important piece of land by the river!

Phillip Taylor
What a miserable and negative comment from CR. The site is a major prime location and I, for one, am very glad that the Council have reviewed the future of the site even though we have to wait longer for the brewery to clear off. The current buildings are horrible and an eye-sore so I would welcome the end of brewing and the site put over to something socially useful for the community. I have always favoured a sports facility myself without a drain on the public purse. If you don't like the planning rules as they stand, CR, get to Parliament and change them (if you can!). Or presumably you don't really believe in having an open consultation on such an important piece of land by the river! Phillip Taylor PhillipTaylor

3:29pm Mon 30 May 11

Gareth Roberts says...

Nobody denies that there should be some attempt to understand what the locals want from this piece of land should it become available; indeed it was the Liberal Democrats who started the ball rolling when in office. What I think there is a growing concern over is this Conservative administration's addiction to rather meaningless consultation exercises - for example when the consultation was taking place over closing Tangley and Twickenham Day Centres the consultation didn't ask 'Are you in favour' it asked the rather pointless question 'Do you understand why we are doing this'

Consultation is important but sham consulation is a travesty
Nobody denies that there should be some attempt to understand what the locals want from this piece of land should it become available; indeed it was the Liberal Democrats who started the ball rolling when in office. What I think there is a growing concern over is this Conservative administration's addiction to rather meaningless consultation exercises - for example when the consultation was taking place over closing Tangley and Twickenham Day Centres the consultation didn't ask 'Are you in favour' it asked the rather pointless question 'Do you understand why we are doing this' Consultation is important but sham consulation is a travesty Gareth Roberts

7:03am Tue 31 May 11

PhillipTaylor says...

"Rather meaningless consultation exercises"!!

My word!

The Liberals are the proud holders of the greatest first prize for these 'consultations' locally after the pathetic Area Consultation Meetings which were merely Council-sponsored Liberal 'love-ins'...at cost.

At least the Tories have done one consultation exercise properly this time round (at more expense) without asking either inane or self-serving questions for their own publicity... unlike the Liberals.

The question 'why' is not a pointless one because often one needs to identify a person's perception of a course of action.

I suppose Tangley Hall is now the new 'Buckingham Fence' for the Liberals. I have a 'why' question for them-

WHY STAY IN THE COALITION GOVERNMENT IF YOU FEEL THIS WAY!

Phillip Taylor
"Rather meaningless consultation exercises"!! My word! The Liberals are the proud holders of the greatest first prize for these 'consultations' locally after the pathetic Area Consultation Meetings which were merely Council-sponsored Liberal 'love-ins'...at cost. At least the Tories have done one consultation exercise properly this time round (at more expense) without asking either inane or self-serving questions for their own publicity... unlike the Liberals. The question 'why' is not a pointless one because often one needs to identify a person's perception of a course of action. I suppose Tangley Hall is now the new 'Buckingham Fence' for the Liberals. I have a 'why' question for them- WHY STAY IN THE COALITION GOVERNMENT IF YOU FEEL THIS WAY! Phillip Taylor PhillipTaylor

9:26am Tue 31 May 11

Gareth Roberts says...

The idea of the Area Consultation Meeting is a good one. We had one of the largest turnouts in Hampton for a very thorny issue relating to a traffic management scheme. Officers were in attendance as were ward councillors. Now no such public forum exists unless councillors or groups arrange for them to happen, such as the public meeting we arranged to discuss the proposed Waitrose in Hampton.

The difference between the former and the latter is that council officers were involved in the former - they could answer questions on specific details such as traffic regulations, planning issues, etc, etc. It was a mistake for the Tories to simply throw them out without seeing if they could be made to work in an alternative fashion. We have seen in Hampton how they can be made to work and work well.

As for the suggestion that they were 'Love Ins' - far from it. The example I have just cited was extremely heated and very much against the proposals being put forward by TFL.

The question was not 'Why?' by the way but 'Do you understand why?' which is very different.

I very much hope that Tangley and Twickenham become the new Buckingham Fence - though I recall that one Hampton North Councillor was so disgusted by the behaviour of his party in the ward that he publicly denounced his ward councillor colleague and refused to stand again. I didn't see any such behaviour in Twickenham when the Day Centre was closed
The idea of the Area Consultation Meeting is a good one. We had one of the largest turnouts in Hampton for a very thorny issue relating to a traffic management scheme. Officers were in attendance as were ward councillors. Now no such public forum exists unless councillors or groups arrange for them to happen, such as the public meeting we arranged to discuss the proposed Waitrose in Hampton. The difference between the former and the latter is that council officers were involved in the former - they could answer questions on specific details such as traffic regulations, planning issues, etc, etc. It was a mistake for the Tories to simply throw them out without seeing if they could be made to work in an alternative fashion. We have seen in Hampton how they can be made to work and work well. As for the suggestion that they were 'Love Ins' - far from it. The example I have just cited was extremely heated and very much against the proposals being put forward by TFL. The question was not 'Why?' by the way but 'Do you understand why?' which is very different. I very much hope that Tangley and Twickenham become the new Buckingham Fence - though I recall that one Hampton North Councillor was so disgusted by the behaviour of his party in the ward that he publicly denounced his ward councillor colleague and refused to stand again. I didn't see any such behaviour in Twickenham when the Day Centre was closed Gareth Roberts

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