TWO eyesore buildings blighting the Burnley landscape have been targeted for demolition.
The former Reindeer pub, opposite Burnley Central railway station, and a derelict former taxi office next to the Mitre pub have both been demolished as Burnley Council bids to improve the main gateway routes into town.
Coun. Roger Frost, the council’s executive member for regeneration, said: “The demolition of these two buildings illustrates that the council, working with others, is making progress on improving the look of our town.
“These buildings were both in prominent locations and the fact they’ve come down is a very welcome move. While it is often a shame to see the demolition of older buildings, these two had declined to such a state that demolition was really the only option.
“The Reindeer was the first thing people saw after getting off the train at Burnley Central and the taxi office next to the Mitre was on one of the busiest road junctions in the borough. Neither were a great advert for Burnley.
“Burnley Council has worked with the owner of the Reindeer to bring forward plans to remove the derelict building for some time as part of our commitment to improve the major gateway routes into town.”
The council is also working with the private owners of the derelict Adelphi pub, which is next to the Reindeer, with a view to it also being cleared.