Walney Pub could make way for housing
Last updated at 17:50, Wednesday, 16 October 2013
A well known Walney pub is facing demolition.
Plans to demolish the George Hotel, in Central Drive, Walney, and build seven homes on the site have been submitted to Barrow Borough Council’s planning committee.
Despite plans for the three detached homes and four semi-detached homes being submitted for the site of the George, the pub is still open for business.
The Evening Mail understands six members of staff are employed and the pub regularly serves up to 120 Sunday lunches to diners.
The pub, owned by Enterprise Inns, has been placed in uncertainty after the application was submitted. The Evening Mail was told the pub landlords were not able to comment on the application.
A number of objections have already been filed with planners and the case is set to go before a planning committee meeting in December.
Mike Fallon, chairman of Barrow’s Licensed Victuallers’ Association, said: “It’s a disgrace. I just hope the town hall enforce some of the powers they have. If the pub is running well they should put a stop to it (the application).”
Next year the pub is expected to mark its centenary and it is understood the pub is already fully booked for Christmas dinner.
Walney councillor Frank Cassidy said: “It would be a great pity to see the George bulldozed for development. Hundreds of Walneyites will have their own memories of attending weddings and other family celebrations at the pub.
“But a combination of cheap supermarket deals on alcohol, the smoking ban, people having different social habits and a squeeze on disposable incomes have created a perfect storm for local pubs.
“I am sure residents will make their feelings known through the council’s planning process.”
The application claims redevelopment would have “little or no impact” on the appearance of Central Drive.
Enterprise Inns was approached for comment but did not respond before the Evening Mail went to print.
First published at 13:08, Wednesday, 16 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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I grew up on Walney over 50 years ago. The George was and is part of the community hub. Really saddened to see it go.
Once on a visit to my late Mother, I commented that when returning to Barrow, I never see anyone I know nor went to school with. My Mother's Carer, said ' Well they either die or go to live on Walney' Looks like her flippant remark is coming true.
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