Readers have made their voices heard after plans to transform a once-popular music venue into a mosque were axed, with many sharing happy memories of the pub.
The Burton branch of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association UK had hoped to hold meetings, prayers, and religious ceremonies at the former Wetmore Whistle, in Wetmore Road, Burton, which has been closed for more than two years.
However, the plans which were submitted to East Staffordshire Borough Council were withdrawn by the applicants before a decision was made, revealing the reason as a lack of parking spaces.
Now people have taken to the Burton Mail Facebook page to share their thoughts on the plans and the idea that it could be suitable for a mosque. Many also saw problems with the lack of parking around Wetmore Road.
Emma Bryan said: “Definitely not enough parking as is. Now can the council sort out the parking issue during the football matches please?” and Jonathan Fletcher said: “Come on guys, it's hard enough parking to get my chips now.”
Gaynor Hicking said: “Find it strange that a mosque would be built where alcohol was once served.”
Others had their own ideas about what the building could be used for, with some remembering the days when it was still a popular pub.
Doris Lonsdale: “Why don't the Government put the Salvation Army on the map again? They need somewhere.”
Kat Holland said: “Why don't the council turn it into a community centre to get youths off the street? There is nothing to do around here for teenagers.”
Michelle Shilvock said: “I grew up around that area and back in my days I used love going to the pub. I think the pub should be turned into homeless shelter. It’s about time the Government gave back a little. I would be the best person for the job with a little bit of help from my friends.”
Linda Pitts said: “Many great memories of when it was the Crown and Anchor” and Donna Marie Devalle-Walker said: “I used to work there before it was the Wetmore Whistle. It was a great community pub.”
Stuart Slater said: “Great memories”, and Daniel Clark added: “Another good music venue lost.”
Heather Corcutt said: “I used to love going to the Wetmore Whistle listening to some of the great bands they had on, seeing friends like Pete Youngman and others. It used to be a great pub.”