BURNLEY’S struggling pub trade has been dealt a double blow.
Bulldozers working for Burnley Council moved in on the landmark Derby Arms in Colne Road while the Railway Hotel in Rosegrove Lane has closed its doors to customers temporarily.
The demolition of the Derby, opposite St Andrew’s Church, is part of wider plans to regenerate the area and comes months after the pub’s namesake, at Gannow Top, was razed to the ground by the council in a bid to rid the borough of eyesore buildings.
Mr Mike Cook, director of housing and regeneration at the council, said: “The Derby pub is currently being demolished on behalf of Burnley Council.
“This property and others in Tunstill Street have recently been acquired, and work has commenced to complete the clearing of this block. Neighbouring properties have been cleared previously and these recent acquisitions have allowed the full clearance of this site to take place.
“This area was identified for re-development at some point in the future as part of our regeneration programme, and the cleared site will be landscaped until a time when developers are secured for the site.”
Meanwhile the Railway, which is owned by Daniel Thwaites, has been forced to close on a temporary basis for a few weeks until a new tenant is found to take over the running of the pub.
Mr Andrew Buchanan, director of pub operations at Daniel Thwaites, said: “We regret that unfortunately we have had to close the Railway Hotel temporarily after the departure of the last tenant. However, we are delighted to have received keen interest in the pub from a number of applicants. We are looking to invest in the site to coincide with re-opening, which should be by the end of March.”