Bats all folks! Fresh bid to demolish pub

Residents are protesting about the proposed demolition of the The Black Horse pub in Moss Bank Road.
Residents are protesting about the proposed demolition of the The Black Horse pub in Moss Bank Road.
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DEVELOPERS are set to launch a third bid to demolish a historic St Helens pub after their previous attempt was thwarted by bats.

The Black Horse pub on Moss Bank Road in Moss Bank has stood empty for the past year and is viewed as being in a prime spot to be redeveloped in housing.

Protestors, headed by retired teacher Rita Alcock, believed they’d seen off designs on the pub when the last application was withdrawn by builders Steppingstones.

Now a fresh plan has been submitted to St Helens Council’s planning department and residents are again rallying the troops in an effort to stop the pub being demolished.

Mrs Alcock said: “A new plan has been submitted from Steppingstones but they will still cause difficulties for local residents especially safety issues when using Moss Bank Mission.

“There have already been several ‘near misses’ at the dangerous bend since Steppingstones blocked access to The Black Horse car park. The lack of safe access to Moss Bank Mission is a very serious problem affecting many people throughout the week.

“There will be a road accident if this is not resolved and we need support from the community to make that clear to the planners.”

Residents have organised a meeting, set to be held tonight (Wednesday) from 6.30pm at Moss Bank Mission. Attempts to secure planning permission were hampered by a survey by a local bat expert who found evidence of the creatures roosting in the building.

The Black Horse has been at the centre of community life in Moss Bank for hundreds of years, with unverified historical references to it dating back to 1566. No-one from Steppingstone was available.