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Ged Crooks reveals latest Carlisle pub venture

Nightlife guru Ged Crooks wants to create a beer garden at the back of Pancho’s restaurant in Carlisle.

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Ged Crooks outside Cassa

Mr Crooks, who owns the Mexican eaterie in Court Square, wants to demolish a redundant boiler house and former Platform 1 nightclub on Collier Lane.

He has submitted a planning application to Carlisle City Council.

He said: “I want to make it a nice place to sit and have a drink or to eat. Both Pancho’s and Cassa bar would be able to use the outdoor space.

“I’ve got a designer on the case at the moment and we want to do it properly with nice trees and seating.

“I see this as a way of boosting my trade and hopefully it will catch on.”

Mr Crooks reckons that his venture, if approved, would provide seating for about 100 people in an open air secure space.

He said: “I’m hoping to get it all sorted in time for Easter. All I need now is some good weather.”

Details in the planning application state that the redundant building has been vacant for more than 20 years.

It says: “The fabric of the building has since deteriorated. The structure of the building is considered a dangerous place to be if unlawful access is obtained.

“The redundant boiler house originally served the Court Square Hotel but the boilers have long been removed and the premises have been vacant for some years.

“The building has been declared unsafe and its demolition was part of a contract that started in 2003. While the other works were undertaken the boiler house was not demolished.

“It is Mr Crook’s intention to carefully demolish the building and construct a beer garden visible from the lane.

“The flank walls will be rebuilt in reclaimed bricks and finished with sandstone copings.”

The lane would be temporarily closed when the work is carried out.

Have your say

shoot all smokers on sight simple really filthy habit.

Posted by leatherman on 21 February 2012 at 11:53

I note none of the smokers have passed comment about them enjoying being out in fresh air before they were banished outside to smoke! Some of us have enjoyed it for a long time and welcome more opportunities for eating outside as proposed by Ged Crooks.

Posted by anon on 21 February 2012 at 08:03

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