Time called on another Blackburn pub
ANOTHER Blackburn pub has been lost after it was sold earlier this week.
The Hole House in Burnley Road, formerly a Trust Inns pub, was sold by estate agents Nolan Redshaw.
The pub had been listed at £165,000, but the final sale price has not been revealed.
A spokesman for the estate agents said the new owners did not intend to reopen the building as a pub.
Blackburn with Darwen Council’s executive member for leisure Damian Talbot said it was a sad loss to the community.
He said: “There have been a lot of pub closures in the area and there are many factors in that.
“The real sadness is that once a pub is gone it is gone and is unlikely to ever return as a pub.
“These are the real heart of communities. Pubs provide a safe drinking environment and act almost as community centres. If they are lost then the bind that holds communities together will be lost.”
Coun Talbot said it was difficult for councils to help struggling licensees.
He said: “It is difficult for local authorities to do anything to help licensees, especially when people can get cheap supermarket alcohol.”
Earlier this month, the Lancashire Telegraph reported pubs in Blackburn were closing faster than in any other area in the country.
Statistics published by drinks trade analysts CGA showed the town to be one of the worst in the country for pub closures last year.
Local councillors and pub landlords blamed a number of issues, including the rising Muslim population who do not drink in pubs, the smoking ban and rising beer duties.
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