Former Blackrod pub site compared to "something out of Syria" at town council meeting

This Is Lancashire: War-torn Syria. Residents think part of Blackrod looks like this. War-torn Syria. Residents think part of Blackrod looks like this.

A FORMER pub that is being turned into a housing development has been described as looking like “something out of Syria”.

Blackrod resident David Warner compared the site at the former Barristers pub in Manchester Road, Blackrod, to a scene from the war-torn middle-eastern nation at a meeting of the town council.

The building is in the process of being knocked down and will be replaced by three two-storey town houses, car parking and gardens, after Bolton Council planners approved an application by Wigan-based Cuerden Developments in February.

Before changing its name several years ago, the pub was known as The Green Barn Inn and records show the building dated back to at least 1845.

At its height the Green Barn Inn would attract visitors from far and wide and was regarded by many as the heart of the community in Blackrod.

At the town council meeting, Mr Warner, who lives in Carlton Close, Blackrod, said he had returned from a holiday to find the site looking like “something out of Syria or Libya”.

He added: “That site is absolutely disgraceful and is dangerous too. The builders aren’t wearing hats or anything and are standing on top of the building with pick axes.

"I think the development company is making a joke of the site, you can’t imagine how bad it is until you see it — coming into the town I was appalled at what I saw.”

He also complained at the length of time being taken to carry out the development work.

Cllr Beryl Monaghan said she believed the workmen may have been asked to take the building down brick by brick in order to preserve anything valuable that they may come across.

Town Mayor Cllr Stephen Laycock said: “Unfortunately I suspect there is very little we can do on this issue.”

The council subsequently voted to get in contact with Bolton Council’s health and safety department in order to find out whether correct procedures were being upheld at the development site.

No one at Cuerden Developments was available for comment.

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11:21pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Hughcurran75 says...

Syria.......melodram
a at its best...I'm sure not having safety hats is one of the main concerns in Syria.......not
Syria.......melodram a at its best...I'm sure not having safety hats is one of the main concerns in Syria.......not Hughcurran75
  • Score: 8

4:22am Tue 29 Apr 14

mr.mark.c says...

Mr Warner lives in loon land if he can can compare this with Syria, old school would be yellow van, I thing these days its called a section.
Mr Warner lives in loon land if he can can compare this with Syria, old school would be yellow van, I thing these days its called a section. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 3

10:38am Tue 29 Apr 14

trotter1874 says...

Yes very dramatic language but it's a shame that one again the Bolton area loses a stone building dating back some years likely to be replaced by some cardboard cut out!
Yes very dramatic language but it's a shame that one again the Bolton area loses a stone building dating back some years likely to be replaced by some cardboard cut out! trotter1874
  • Score: 6

10:57am Tue 29 Apr 14

realtrottersforever says...

Would Mr Warner like to suggest how you are meant to demolish a building tidily??

I think I'd have more to say about the former Greenwood Pub on Chorley New Rd that has looked disgraceful for at least 2 years.
Would Mr Warner like to suggest how you are meant to demolish a building tidily?? I think I'd have more to say about the former Greenwood Pub on Chorley New Rd that has looked disgraceful for at least 2 years. realtrottersforever
  • Score: 10

12:07pm Tue 29 Apr 14

templejohn says...

Probably due to the fact that bolton council closed the refuse site at

the other end of Blackrod? people are going to dump somewere,

although i,m not saying its right, just a thought.....
Probably due to the fact that bolton council closed the refuse site at the other end of Blackrod? people are going to dump somewere, although i,m not saying its right, just a thought..... templejohn
  • Score: 8

5:21pm Tue 29 Apr 14

flats2let says...

Come on Editor!
You have or should have control of photo choice.
The photograph of actually Syria for this story is misleading.
Was it such a task to have a staff photographer grab a shot of the pub in Blackrod?
Come on Editor! You have or should have control of photo choice. The photograph of actually Syria for this story is misleading. Was it such a task to have a staff photographer grab a shot of the pub in Blackrod? flats2let
  • Score: 6

9:15pm Tue 29 Apr 14

mc1986 says...

Dunno about you lot but i'd rather live in Syria than Blackrod!
Dunno about you lot but i'd rather live in Syria than Blackrod! mc1986
  • Score: -2

9:34pm Tue 29 Apr 14

bwfc0210 says...

As someone has said, look at the greenwood and for that matter, the swallowfield hotel site. Both are disgraceful. And for the comment about council closing the tip, it didn't the waste authority did that (not sure how much council lobbied for it to remain open though)?
As someone has said, look at the greenwood and for that matter, the swallowfield hotel site. Both are disgraceful. And for the comment about council closing the tip, it didn't the waste authority did that (not sure how much council lobbied for it to remain open though)? bwfc0210
  • Score: 2

9:46pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Don Kiddick says...

Like Blackrod's the Garden City of the North eh
Like Blackrod's the Garden City of the North eh Don Kiddick
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