AN EYESORE pub is likely to be reduced to rubble, despite continuous efforts by authority councillors to save the building from demolition.
For years the Robin Hood Hotel, on Chester Road, Helsby, has stood as a boarded-up shell in the village attracting vandals, youths and criminals and being blamed for the hard-working community losing out on prizes and awards.
But now, after plans were approved by Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) to build 13 new homes on the site, developers are preparing to demolish the pub in the coming months and erect seven four-bedroomed and six three-bedroomed homes.
The announcement comes despite efforts by CWaC to protect the pub by listing it as a building of local historical importance, even applying to English Heritage to get the building listed, a notion which baffled residents and Helsby parish councillors who insisted it had no historical significance and should be demolished.
At a Helsby Parish Council meeting last week councillors who had supported the application expressed their delight that after eight months of deliberation the derelict pub would finally be demolished.
Council chairman Chris Ellams said: “Personally I believe that it is a great shame that it couldn’t remain a pub, but it was starting to become increasingly tatty and so this has to be the best thing to do with the building.
“Once the park regeneration process is completed and the new houses it will make the lane really quite a nice area. The demolition was held up by the council trying to make it a site of locally historical significance, but they don’t appear to have managed that.
“Now the sooner they knock the building down, even if just to clear the land, the better it will be for everyone.”
Plans were approved subject to a S106 agreement, understanding that no work could begin on the site until an access road had been built, noise assessments and drainage system plans had been submitted.