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Friday, 21 November 2014

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Demolition of historic Carlisle pub begins

Demolition work got underway this week on one of Carlisle’s most historic pubs, clearing the way for the building of new homes.

Pedestrian arms photo
The Pedestrian Arms

The Pedestrian Arms on Newtown Road has stood empty for more than a year, and it joins more than a dozen community pubs in the city to close in the last decade.

The demolition is expected to be completed in the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, Carlisle City Council has given outline planning permission for the building of “residential” properties on the site.

At Carol’s hair and beauty Salon, which is opposite the pub building, owner Carol Huddart welcomed the start of demolition work.

She said: “It wasn’t very nice to look at, so it’s going to look better.”

The demolition planning application was made by Derek McKenzie, of Wreay, who said the pub was in too bad a way to restore. The pub went on the market for £175,000 in 2012.

The pub was a popular local for decades, and had a darts league. It was previously put up for sale in 2009 after Punch Taverns reviewed its estate prompting a sell off of “less sustainable” sites.

The pub was eventually sold.

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) recently claimed that 30 pubs are closing in the UK every week, and called for people to better support their local.

Work is underway in many parts of the county to support or revive the troubled industry: the Fletcher Christian reopened on Main Street, Cockermouth, after closing suddenly several months earlier. The Curwen Arms, a prominent Workington town centre pub, is also in the final stages of renovation.

Other Carlisle pubs to go in the last decade include: The Magpie Inn in Botcherby, the Horse and Farrier on Wigton Road, the Maltsters Arms in Caldewgate, the Prince of Wales and The Bay in Denton Holme, the Cumberland Wrestlers on Currock Road, the Knight Inn (previously Biddy Mulligans and the Woolpack) in Milbourne Street, the Enterprise pub in Belah, and The Railway Inn on London Road.

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