The Victoria pub in Clitheroe is sold
A FORMER pub in the centre of Clitheroe is expected to be given a new lease of life after being sold.
The Victoria, in Castle Street, has stood empty and boarded up since December 2011 after its licence was revoked by Ribble Valley Borough Council.
The pub lost its licence after police received complaints about underage drinking at the premises.
Police were told children as young as 15 were being served with alcohol and officers visited the pub on several occasions and found children drinking vodka and lager.
Under the terms of the sale, the building could be turned into shops, flats or residential properties by the new owner.
Clitheroe Town Council leader Mary Robinson said: “It’s better that the building is sold and developed than having a large former pub standing empty because it has been an eyesore for almost two years now.
“It’s never good when pubs have to close but I hope that something gets done to the building soon.
“I hope the new owner will make a success of it.”
Ribble Valley councillor Kevin Horkin said: “It’s clearly a very prominent building in our town and any retail use of it would be welcomed.
“I’m looking forward to hearing what the new owner has planned for the premises and I hope it is a success in the future.”
The new owners, who have bought the building from Enterprise Inns, are expected to be revealed next week.
Amy Dolphin from Enterprise Inns said: “We can confirm we have exchanged contracts for the sale of the Victoria pub. There are no restrictions on its use.”
Discount pub chain JD Wetherspoons said it had not bought the building after stating it was still searching for a site in the town.
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