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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Neighbours say no to flats planned for Cumbrian town

Residents fear that replacing an eyesore building with a block of flats will attract drug and alcohol users.

Pockets snooker photo
The former Pockets snooker hall

Brothers Malcolm and Keith Fulton, of Fultons Properties Ltd, want to knock down the former snooker hall in Workington and replace it with 13 flats.

But people living near to the Duke Street building say that a development of this nature would attract anti-social behaviour.

Ian Andrew, of Dora Crescent, said: “I feel that this is an inappropriate development as the area already suffers from a disproportionate number of flats and multi-occupancy houses, many of which are the source of problems of drug

use, alcohol abuse and anti-social behaviour– – which are regularly attended by the police and have seriously affected the desirability of the area and has had a negative effect on house prices.”

Mr Andrew added that he would fully support an application to develop the building into two or three-bedroom houses. Other objections from residents relate to disorder and parking problems and have been lodged with Allerdale Council. They also say that the last block of flats built in the St Michaels ward of town – the former Cumbria Ballroom – failed to sell and are now being rented.

The Fulton brothers, who previously turned a vacant office building into Padua’s bar, hope to flatten the building and convert the neighbouring house, before building work starts on the main block.

The snooker hall has been empty for many years and was declared unfit for use in April 2009. If the plans are approved, it will be the third time permission has been granted to knock down the building and replace it with housing.

The former Pockets snooker club was built in 1901. Originally called the Albert Hall, it was popular with dancers.

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