Salford residents are campaigning to save lots of a “native landmark” earmarked for demolition.
A plan has been submitted to Salford Metropolis Council to construct 16 properties on the positioning of The Unicorn Pub on Liverpool Highway, Eccles.
The once-popular pub has stood in Eccles for nearly 100 years however was closed in 2019. After its closure, it was briefly used as a ‘shelter’ for homeless folks by a squatters group, nevertheless they had been quickly evicted by the Wellington Pub Firm who personal the constructing. It has since been unoccupied.
Lee Johnson, 31, has lived within the space all his life and was as soon as an everyday of the Unicorn. He says he might be devastated to see the pub demolished and has arrange a Fb group calling for residents to boost their voice and assist save the constructing.
“I’d be very upset if it was knocked down, it’s like an area landmark, the black and white pub is what folks know the world for,” Lee instructed the Manchester Night Information.
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“The constructing has been right here 100 years and I’m stunned it isn’t listed.
“I went inside a month after it was closed, and structurally it’s sound, it simply wants some cash pumped into it, it wants updating, revamping and modernising, they might flip it into some sort of eatery.
“I’d be devastated if this constructing was gone, I reside across the nook and it was my native for the longest time.”
(Picture: STEVE ALLEN)
The unique Unicorn was constructed again within the early 1800s and was nicknamed Fairly Margaret’s after the landlady Margaret Greaves.
In 1895, it was rebuilt by the Rochdale and Oldham Brewery Firm on Liverpool Road the place it stands as we speak.
Gary Parsons, 43, is a member of the Fb group. Gary’s first job was on the Unicorn again within the mid-90s when he was only a teen. Regardless of now residing in Cheshire, Gary has been energetic within the group by getting in contact with different organisations and looking for authorized recommendation
Talking to the Manchester Night Information he stated: “I felt compelled to assist as a result of I labored there and lived within the space for 22 years of my life.
“My dad and mom reside only a stone’s throw away from the pub and I nonetheless go to fairly continuously.
“It’s a disgrace that it’s received to the purpose, however I genuinely suppose its because of lack of funding through the years.
“I’ve been there a few occasions during the last ten years and the décor has modified from after I used to work there within the 90s.
“It wants some TLC, I don’t suppose it’s one thing that wants flattening, it’s been there for 100 years.”
Barton Ward councillor John Mullen stated: “We’re at the moment undecided on our place, however we’re encouraging residents to make their views recognized.”
The Wellington Pub Firm has been contacted for remark.
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