CAMPAIGNERS against a retail giant's plans to turn a Sedgley pub into a convenience store have had a week-long roller coaster ride - at first thinking the scheme had been dropped and then finding out it was on again.

Morrisons early last week withdrew its application to sell alcohol at the premises after the Seven Stars is converted into an "M" convenience store, leading to celebrations by those opposing the loss of the popular boozer.

But on Monday the licensing application - to sell alcohol 18 hours a day - was resubmitted to the council by Morrisons.

Sedgley Councillor Bill Etheridge urged local people to object to Dudley's licensing committee, accusing the supermarket giant of a "U-turn" saying: "Now, it seems, the battle will start all over again.

"I am outraged that this situation has arisen again.

"The uncertainty must be terrible for the staff and customers of the Seven Stars."

Dudley Council decided to reject Morrisons' planning application to turn the Seven Stars, in Gospel End Road, into a shop.

But planning inspectors overturned that decision.

A Morrisons spokesman explained that the licensing application was withdrawn due to a technical issue over arranging for a notice to be displayed on the site informing people about what was proposed. Those arrangements have now been made so the application was resubmitted.

People have until October 19 to lodge objections to the licensing application.