A derelict central Accrington pub would not look out of place in the New York Bronx, according to Hyndburn’s council leader.
Coun Peter Britcliffe claims the condition of the Regency, which was covered with metal shutters earlier this month is ‘a disgrace’. Council colleagues have complained in writing to Daniel Thwaites.
Bosses at the Blackburn brewery say the temporary measures are necessary to secure the building, but insist it will be refurbished shortly. It is yet to be confirmed, however, whether it will remain a pub.
A letter to Thwaites, signed by Hyndburn councillors Kathleen Pratt and Paul Barton, stated: "As the property is in the town centre, the current state of the building is causing some concern with members of the public, who have commented that it looks an eyesore and it is now a carbuncle in the centre of the town, doing nothing to help enhance the prosperity of the town."
Peel councillor Bernard Dawson also raised the issue at last week’s full council meeting, saying: "I don’t know what’s going to happen to the pub but it just looks an eyesore."
Coun Britcliffe responded: "The shutters are appalling and a disgrace.
"Whilst we do accept that security is needed we don't want something in the centre of Accrington that reminds us of the New York Bronx. It’s not acceptable anywhere really, but certainly not in the town centre."
Andrew Buchanan, director of pub operations for Daniel Thwaites, said:
"We are in the process of finalising plans for the Regency Bar and unfortunately there will be a short period of time where the property will be vacant and being in the position it is we had to take necessary measures to secure the property. However, I don’t anticipate this will be for too long as the property will be subject to a refurbishment in the very near future."