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Rally to protest pub demolition
Protesters opposed to the demolition of the Ashley Court Hotel
The developer has been granted a demolition notice
Campaigners trying to stop the demolition of a Bristol hotel have held a rally in the hope of saving it.

The developer who recently bought the Ashley Court Hotel in Montpelier plans to knock it down and build a block of flats in its place.

A consortium has come up with enough money to turn the existing building into a pub and backpackers' hostel.

One of the campaigners, Joe Joseph, said it was important for the community to have neighbourhood pub.

Mr Joseph, 41, wants to keep the site for community use and has been working on a proposal to put before the city council.

Demolition notice

"This is the only site between Gloucester Road and Ashley Road for a pub," said Mr Joseph.

"Even if we can't protect the building, we can protect the site and put a new pub up for the community."

The developer - Birakos Enterprises of Clifton Wood - has been granted a demolition notice for the building as it is not listed or in a conservation area.

Jenny Hall, another campaigner, said the hotel had played an important role within the community for many years.

"It's been used by hundreds of local people for weddings and meetings and is the only central point for the community," she said.

Bristol City Council is due to consider an application for change of use in September.

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