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Friday, 22 August 2014

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Traditional Carlisle pub set to be knocked down

Another community pub in Carlisle looks set to bite the dust.

Carlisle Pedestrian Arms photo
Pedestrian Arms

A demolition notice has gone up at The Pedestrian Arms on Newtown Road, which has been shut for more than a year.

The man behind the proposal said he had no firm plans for the site, which is at the end of a traditional terrace on one of the city’s busiest roads.

The bar is one of more than a dozen community pubs that have closed in the city in the last 10 years and at least one – the Rose & Crown at Upperby – has already been knocked down.

The Pedestrian Arms has been closed since early last year.

A notice on the door of the building, which is boarded up, states: “An application has been made to Carlisle City Council for the demolition and clearance of The Pedestrian Arms building.”

Derek McKenzie, of Wreay, is applying for the demolition notice. He told the News & Star that he did not know yet what might replace the building, adding it was in a “bad state” to restore.

In the city centre a string of modern bars that serve food and open late have sprung up throughout the last decade.

But residential streets have seen more traditional pubs boarded up, demolished or turned into other businesses.

Landlords have called time in estates and areas including Caldewgate, Denton Holme, Upperby, Harraby and Belah.

Experts have previously named factors such as the smoking ban, the price of a pint, rents, the impact of the financial crisis and shifting social patterns as playing a part.

Alan Welsh, chairman of the Solway branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, had been in The Pedestrian Arms in the past, describing it as a friendly “small, suburban pub”. He said one of the key problems was “supermarkets charging ridiculously low prices for beer”.

“Unfortunately, there are something like 25 or 26 pubs a week closing across the whole of the UK,” added Mr Welsh.

Other pubs to go in the last decade include: the Horse and Farrier on Wigton Road, the Maltsters Arms and The Globe 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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