Work starts on pub demolition
Work has started on demolishing a pub to help pave the way for redevelopment of the disused Wesley Street Mill at Bamber Bridge.
South Ribble Borough Council acquired the former Mackenzie Arms, in Station Road, late last year and contractors have now started knocking down the building.
The pub site is the key to unlocking the potential of the area and its demolition has been welcomed as a major step forward.
The council is leading a project to encourage all interested parties to work together to secure a single, co-ordinated development while dealing with two eyesore buildings.
South Ribble Borough Council's cabinet member with responsibility for Strategic Planning and Housing, Councillor Cliff Hughes, said: "I'm absolutely delighted that demolition work is under way. This is excellent news for Bamber Bridge and the wider local economy and means we're now a step closer to unlocking the full potential of Wesley Street and its neighbouring sites, which is one of the council's priorities.
"We've nearly completed a consultation on two planning applications - both for residential development at Wesley Street Mill - and we will be taking a close look at the proposals which involve demolition of the mill."
Last updated: 13 May 2013