Blackburn pub set to be turned into vets practice

ANOTHER famous old Blackburn pub looks set to be lost forever after plans to turn it into a veterinary practice were submitted.

Animal Trust Ltd has lodged plans to convert the Manxman Road pub after it was put up for sale by owners Trust Inns.

An asking price of £165,000 has been set for the pub, which attracted Sky Sports cameras on the day Blackburn Rovers won the Premier League in May, 1995.

If given the go-ahead it would mean The Ivy Hotel in Ivy Street, The Blackamoor in Roman Road, Lockside Tavern in Bolton Road, The Stop and Rest in Brandy House Brow and Longshaw Sports and Social Club in Bryan Street are all that would be left in what was once a hotbed of drinking establishments.

The pub closed at the end of last year.

According to a supporting statement submitted by Bolton-based Animal Trust: “The application premises have been made available due to the lack of viability of the existing use, with evidence demonstrating that the profitability of the public house has declined significantly over the past 10 years.”

If approved, the plans include the bricking up of the existing main entrance, a new access ramp at the proposed main entrance, erection of a 1.5-metre tall wall to enclose a dog walk area and the laying out of the car park to provide 19 parking spaces.

Bosses at Animal Trust also said the practice would create 19 full-time jobs in the first 8 months, rising to 28 jobs after four years.

In its statement, the firm said: “The Animal Trust is a not-for-profit veterinary practice that offers a high-quality service catering primarily for dogs, cats, rabbits and some other small mammals.

“Animal Trust operates an existing practice in Bolton, to the east of the town centre. This practice has approximately 260 clients who live in the Blackburn area and who travel to Bolton in order to access the not-for-profit care. As there is no similar provider in Blackburn, Animal Trust anticipates that there will be a great demand for their services.”

Higher Croft councillor Andy Kay said: “It looks like a good move to me. The Manxman did not have a very good reputation in recent years.

“Not just from a Higher Croft perspective, but a Blackburn with Darwen one, this is something we are lacking in the area and I do think the demand is there for it.”

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10:09am Sat 18 Jan 14

billy32 says...

It is a service that is lacking in the Guide area of Blackburn. I know quite a few animal lovers who will take their pets there........At least it will be better than another "Curry House" front
It is a service that is lacking in the Guide area of Blackburn. I know quite a few animal lovers who will take their pets there........At least it will be better than another "Curry House" front billy32

10:46am Sat 18 Jan 14

StopDeludingYourself says...

billy32 wrote:
It is a service that is lacking in the Guide area of Blackburn. I know quite a few animal lovers who will take their pets there........At least it will be better than another "Curry House" front
Agreed, and I love how LET have made this into a bad thing??
[quote][p][bold]billy32[/bold] wrote: It is a service that is lacking in the Guide area of Blackburn. I know quite a few animal lovers who will take their pets there........At least it will be better than another "Curry House" front[/p][/quote]Agreed, and I love how LET have made this into a bad thing?? StopDeludingYourself

10:51am Sat 18 Jan 14

D63 says...

How sad that the Manxman has gone,had some wonderful times there and made some good friends,some who sadly are no longer with us.
I find it annoying that a councillor says it has had a bad reputation lately,never saw him drinking in there.The last landlady tried so hard to make it work,sadly she was sold down the river by the brewery.
They can change the facade but they will never take away the memories.
How sad that the Manxman has gone,had some wonderful times there and made some good friends,some who sadly are no longer with us. I find it annoying that a councillor says it has had a bad reputation lately,never saw him drinking in there.The last landlady tried so hard to make it work,sadly she was sold down the river by the brewery. They can change the facade but they will never take away the memories. D63

11:40am Sat 18 Jan 14

Mothernature says...

billy32 wrote:
It is a service that is lacking in the Guide area of Blackburn. I know quite a few animal lovers who will take their pets there........At least it will be better than another "Curry House" front
Totally agree, and one I support wholeheartedly. I'm sick of vets making a massive profit from animal owners. One of the few services that has pricing regulations, much to the detriment of animal owners.
[quote][p][bold]billy32[/bold] wrote: It is a service that is lacking in the Guide area of Blackburn. I know quite a few animal lovers who will take their pets there........At least it will be better than another "Curry House" front[/p][/quote]Totally agree, and one I support wholeheartedly. I'm sick of vets making a massive profit from animal owners. One of the few services that has pricing regulations, much to the detriment of animal owners. Mothernature

4:04pm Sat 18 Jan 14

kojak1010 says...

At last good use will be made of a very accessibe building!
At last good use will be made of a very accessibe building! kojak1010

4:17pm Sat 18 Jan 14

phil kernot says...

This place used to be one of the biggest venues in the northwest for live entertainment ,, little and large were found there and made it big time , then the owner of Blackpool tower new it was a gold mine and bought it ,, live bands , paying on the door to get in and in the 60/70s it was packed to the rafters ,, Had many a good time there , and sad times funeral wakes etc , ,, ain't it funny how our so called councilors never mingle with the true people , who put them in there ivory towers ,, ,,, noticed how the roads and services are not maintained , and fought for by our councilors up highercroft , . Walsh and Kay are a waste of space and might aswell represent themselves , oh I forgot thay do , sod the poor people as long as your getting your big fat expenses , election times be coming up soon so look around and see how the council has cut , road surfacing , pre school services , and recreational services up highercroft ,, ( don't vote Kay or Walsh , vote Somone else get rid of the dead wood) ..
This place used to be one of the biggest venues in the northwest for live entertainment ,, little and large were found there and made it big time , then the owner of Blackpool tower new it was a gold mine and bought it ,, live bands , paying on the door to get in and in the 60/70s it was packed to the rafters ,, Had many a good time there , and sad times funeral wakes etc , ,, ain't it funny how our so called councilors never mingle with the true people , who put them in there ivory towers ,, ,,, noticed how the roads and services are not maintained , and fought for by our councilors up highercroft , . Walsh and Kay are a waste of space and might aswell represent themselves , oh I forgot thay do , sod the poor people as long as your getting your big fat expenses , election times be coming up soon so look around and see how the council has cut , road surfacing , pre school services , and recreational services up highercroft ,, ( don't vote Kay or Walsh , vote Somone else get rid of the dead wood) .. phil kernot

5:47pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Copperhead says...

Another nail in the coffin of Old England.
Still, the lack of places in which to drink alcohol will prepare us for the day sharia law is imposed by the muslim majority in parliament.
About the year 2090 I reckon.
Another nail in the coffin of Old England. Still, the lack of places in which to drink alcohol will prepare us for the day sharia law is imposed by the muslim majority in parliament. About the year 2090 I reckon. Copperhead

6:10pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Excluded again says...

Copperhead wrote:
Another nail in the coffin of Old England.
Still, the lack of places in which to drink alcohol will prepare us for the day sharia law is imposed by the muslim majority in parliament.
About the year 2090 I reckon.
Except that yesterday the LT reported the opening of a new pub in Darwen in the next week.

Only three things are required for pubs to thrive in this country: pub owners to make sure they are attractive pubs, landlords making sure that they offer and advertise things which attract today's customer (not customers as they were 30 years ago) and people to go to the pub.

None of these things are prevented by any law.
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: Another nail in the coffin of Old England. Still, the lack of places in which to drink alcohol will prepare us for the day sharia law is imposed by the muslim majority in parliament. About the year 2090 I reckon.[/p][/quote]Except that yesterday the LT reported the opening of a new pub in Darwen in the next week. Only three things are required for pubs to thrive in this country: pub owners to make sure they are attractive pubs, landlords making sure that they offer and advertise things which attract today's customer (not customers as they were 30 years ago) and people to go to the pub. None of these things are prevented by any law. Excluded again

8:45pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Sid James says...

Well said Excluded again. Its so sad for people like copperhead (emptyhead) to think that the muslims have something to do with a pub closing down on, of all places, Manxman Road. Its common knowledge anywhere that pubs are no longer economically viable because of supermarkets selling cheap booze, the pubs themselves are out of date etc etc. So copperhead don't jump on the bandwagon and blame the muslims for everything..
Well said Excluded again. Its so sad for people like copperhead (emptyhead) to think that the muslims have something to do with a pub closing down on, of all places, Manxman Road. Its common knowledge anywhere that pubs are no longer economically viable because of supermarkets selling cheap booze, the pubs themselves are out of date etc etc. So copperhead don't jump on the bandwagon and blame the muslims for everything.. Sid James

9:14pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Just an observer says...

Good call, for the animals. the other good thing is, the drugs that get used in there will be legal ones.
Good call, for the animals. the other good thing is, the drugs that get used in there will be legal ones. Just an observer

11:04pm Sat 18 Jan 14

vegeboy says...

I always thought it was a vets, I saw quite a few animals going in and out of there
I always thought it was a vets, I saw quite a few animals going in and out of there vegeboy

3:24pm Sun 19 Jan 14

D63 says...

vegeboy wrote:
I always thought it was a vets, I saw quite a few animals going in and out of there
Easy to say sat in front of your computer screen.

Clown!!!
[quote][p][bold]vegeboy[/bold] wrote: I always thought it was a vets, I saw quite a few animals going in and out of there[/p][/quote]Easy to say sat in front of your computer screen. Clown!!! D63

8:55pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Pommie Art says...

D63 wrote:
How sad that the Manxman has gone,had some wonderful times there and made some good friends,some who sadly are no longer with us.
I find it annoying that a councillor says it has had a bad reputation lately,never saw him drinking in there.The last landlady tried so hard to make it work,sadly she was sold down the river by the brewery.
They can change the facade but they will never take away the memories.
Well at least it may get used by the local "two legged" community going in for Injections to clean them up, then if its successful maybe the scum from Roma rd shall turn up for injections as well.
[quote][p][bold]D63[/bold] wrote: How sad that the Manxman has gone,had some wonderful times there and made some good friends,some who sadly are no longer with us. I find it annoying that a councillor says it has had a bad reputation lately,never saw him drinking in there.The last landlady tried so hard to make it work,sadly she was sold down the river by the brewery. They can change the facade but they will never take away the memories.[/p][/quote]Well at least it may get used by the local "two legged" community going in for Injections to clean them up, then if its successful maybe the scum from Roma rd shall turn up for injections as well. Pommie Art

10:24am Mon 20 Jan 14

Benjamin James says...

Copperhead wrote:
Another nail in the coffin of Old England.
Still, the lack of places in which to drink alcohol will prepare us for the day sharia law is imposed by the muslim majority in parliament.
About the year 2090 I reckon.
You're a **** moron and I hope to the high heavens that you don't reproduce and pass on your genes.
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: Another nail in the coffin of Old England. Still, the lack of places in which to drink alcohol will prepare us for the day sharia law is imposed by the muslim majority in parliament. About the year 2090 I reckon.[/p][/quote]You're a **** moron and I hope to the high heavens that you don't reproduce and pass on your genes. Benjamin James

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