The Priory

Sarge

Well-known member
#81
Personally I cannot see the Priory ever being fit for purpose. To exist as a pub, if the houses were built to provide some custom, then it would need proper kitchen facilities, toilets and cellar capability for beers to compete with Sandford or the existing pubs in the Leys.. As it stands, none of these are to hand. Add on to that the problem of the sewage farm across the road with the related "odours" and you have no business in the summer.
If the proposed house were to be built on what is now the sewage farm then perhaps there is a future, albeit, not immediate.
I can understand the reticence of FK to do anything which would cost money however, he is legally obliged and should be reminded of that obligation and if nothing happens, penalised in the only manner he understands.
Let's hope the meeting on Feb 2nd resulted in Oxford city council growing a pair and following through on enforcing any penalties imposed on the leaseholder
 
#82
I accept any fault or punishment should be dealt with between both parties, can't really see it effecting either party in the end.
My point was, IF Firoz did put the building into the minimal requirement, would it be any benefit to us or the club?
 

Sarge

Well-known member
#83
I accept any fault or punishment should be dealt with between both parties, can't really see it effecting either party in the end.
My point was, IF Firoz did put the building into the minimal requirement, would it be any benefit to us or the club?
IF it reopened as a pub, big if of course, yes I think it would benifit us as in some OUFC fans, on match days ;)
 

Sarge

Well-known member
#85
Agreed on that @LondonRoader...though as football fans living in hope is something we do.....and the priory leaseholder/stadium landlord needs to know he is not immune from UK laws despite his tax exile existence...be interesting to eventually find out what, if anything, occ have imposed on the priory leaseholder for failing to comply with requirements of local planning permission
 

eraser

Active member
#86
IF it reopened as a pub, big if of course, yes I think it would benifit us as in some OUFC fans, on match days ;)
It's in a poor location for a pub and no one would open a pub on the basis of 23 good days a year! A high class restaurant like the Manoir maybe with a Hilton next door - FK could make it an external dining room:D
 

PC

Active member
#87
If it was going to be high-class it wouldn't want to be next to the Hilton, but I always thought that a restaurant was the most viable solution. Possibly some up-market burgery or branch of a non-food-led chain like Ramsey, Oliver or Carluccio. Cater for the hordes that use the cinema and the hotel guests.
 
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PC

Active member
#89
I seem to remember there was talk (maybe just in my head) of a walkway from the hotel to the Priory so it could be the restaurant. I guess that was scuppered because Hilton didn't want to cost of running and staffing an untiled, non-square area without tubular steel and canvas easy-clean chairs and glass table or to pay staff to do anything more difficult than microwaving slops in a bag.

I don't think it will be a pub again, there's no money in it. Possibly, having done the deal to delay refurnishing the Prioryn OGB did his diligence on the Priory as a standalone venue / Hilton extension (would have taken less than 30 seconds, imo) and decided to default. With the council supine or complicit he didn't have much to lose.
 

Sarge

Well-known member
#90
If it was put back to being a pub, could a supporters club be built next to it or function room/building.
It could...though weather it would,hmmmm?

The proposed housing being built in the vicinity may have residents who would prefer a proper pub as opposed to bars attached to leisure outlets? There again how does the old adage about being able to take horses to water.go?:rolleyes:
 

Sarge

Well-known member
#91
Hmmmm it appears that the feb2nd vox meeting to discuss the priory leaseholder failure to comply with planning permission, as announced by occ Bob price, hasn't as yet taken place.... if Oxford city council isn't able to adhere to it's own planned (&publically announced ) meetings, any wonder the priory leaseholder has ignored imposed requirements? .. ..occ make snail pace appear to be world record setting in comparison! :(
 

PC

Active member
#93
Hmmmm it appears that the feb2nd vox meeting to discuss the priory leaseholder failure to comply with planning permission, as announced by occ Bob price, hasn't as yet taken place.... if Oxford city council isn't able to adhere to it's own planned (&publically announced ) meetings, any wonder the priory leaseholder has ignored imposed requirements? .. ..occ make snail pace appear to be world record setting in comparison! :(
I remembered to look & couldn't find it this morning. Great minds..........
 

Oldman159

Junior Member
#94
Price is no longer in a position to do anything about it. The council is now run by a lady who is doing the job part time as (allegedly) the wages are not good enough.

So...Don't hold your breath
 

Sarge

Well-known member
#95
Price is no longer in a position to do anything about it. The council is now run by a lady who is doing the job part time as (allegedly) the wages are not good enough.

So...Don't hold your breath
Sounds about par for the course for oxford city council!....wasnt the then new woman at Occ who insisted the priory marquee was taken down,as it wasn't in keeping with the (bowlplex breeze block wall) surrounding area all those years ago only a part time Occ officer too ?
 
#96
Price is no longer in a position to do anything about it. The council is now run by a lady who is doing the job part time as (allegedly) the wages are not good enough.

So...Don't hold your breath
Correct. Some might say that we've had 12 years of paying the "Price" and we are now deep in the "Brown" stuff!