A SEEMINGLY-DOOMED pub-restaurant can now ‘look to the future’ after escaping the bulldozers for the second time in as many months.
The Parks was one of the businesses earmarked for demolition under plans to redevelop the A50 around Uttoxeter.
But, after a meeting with business leaders last week, highways bosses agreed to modify their scheme to keep the high-class eatery open.
The news comes little more than a month after Parks landlord Trust Inns failed in its bid to replace the historic building with 28 houses.
Nearly 3,000 Parks customers signed a petition against the proposal, which was thrown out by planning bosses.
And, until today’s revelation, The Parks was to be bulldozed to make way for a new junction near the forthcoming St Modwen development on land west of Uttoxeter.
But now the 700 families due to move into the new houses can enjoy the establishment’s services and 20 workers will keep their jobs.
Manager Lee Barrett said: “We’ve built up a relationship with the town and have made The Parks really successful and very busy.
“During the public consultation, The Parks going was one of the most-mentioned problems people had with the A50 plan.
“And we were over the moon when highways people told us they were adapting their plans at the meeting.
“It’s been impossible to plan anything for the long term as we’ve now been under threat for so long, but a weight’s certainly been lifted now.”
However, 36 other companies affected by the plan may not be so lucky.
Firms including McDonalds and Eurogarages look likely to suffer during the second part of the project, which will see the Derby Road and McDonalds roundabouts removed.
County council transport chief Mark Winnington said: “As a result of the consultation and further design work we’ve already made amendments, including the retention of the Parks Restaurant site.
“After examining the designs we are now proposing to realign the A522 to the side of the main restaurant building.”