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Friday, 18 April 2014

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New year demolition plan for Cumbrian snooker hall

An eyesore snooker hall in Workington is to be demolished in the new year after plans to turn it into flats were given the go-ahead.

Workington snooker hall photo
The old Pockets building

Brothers Malcolm and Keith Fulton, of Fultons Properties and Fulton Range Rovers, at Lamplugh, Workington, were given the green light for their plans for the hall, in Duke Street, by Allerdale council.

Keith told the News & Star they bought the hall two years ago and hoped to start knocking it down early in 2014. “It will probably be about springtime when we start the work to demolish it and clear the site,” he said. “We don’t have a strict timescale so we’ll just see how it goes.”

Mr Fulton said the building was in a bad way, with no roof, and they were looking forward to turning it into “something a bit more desirable.”

He never went inside it when it was open as a snooker venue and said it had been empty for a long time.

The brothers intend to build 13 flats, with nearby residents supporting plans to turn the building into housing, although some favour houses rather than flats, due to a large number in the area.

Andrew Dodds and Laura McClellan, who live in Duke Street, said they thought the development would improve the appearance of the area.

The Fulton brothers, who previously turned a vacant office building into Padua’s bar, will 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.

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


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