Closing Pubs – A mile of road in Litherland/Netherton sums up the difficulties for pubs

I have commented before on the troubles of the Priory Pub in Litherland and the Cabbage Inn Pub in Netherton. The Priory has just been demolished, much to the sadness of the local community who had been fighting for it to be saved. The Cabbage has been empty for some time now and awaits redevelopment.

But in between these two pubs, that are just over a mile apart, there are two others, one still surviving but the other well gone and demolished. So instead of 4 pubs in just over a mile one is left!

Starting at the closed Priory Pub which has been demolished over the last few of weeks:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/01/25/the-priory-litherland-another-local-pub-has-gone/

The Priory Pub prior to demolition

The Priory Pub prior to demolition

The site of the former Priory Pub after demolition on 20th March 2015

The site of the former Priory Pub after demolition on 20th March 2015

Next we come to the closed and demolished Liverpool Arms:-

The former Liverpool Arms Pub

The former Liverpool Arms Pub – photo credit Phil Wieland

Site of the former Liverpool Arms Pub demolished some time ago

Site of the former Liverpool Arms Pub demolished some time ago

And then on to an open pub! Cooksons Bridge:-

Cooksons Bridge Pub

Cooksons Bridge Pub

Then finally on to the closed Cabbage Inn:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/07/18/saving-pubs-at-risk-of-closure/

The Cabbage Inn

The Cabbage Inn

If this mile of road in Litherland and Netherton does not illustrate how our drinking habits have changed and the effect that this and other factors, such as the greed of Pub Co’s?, has had on a once flourishing trade I don’t know what does. Often a building that is much loved by the community is lost and The Priory seems to be one such Pub. They are landmarks, often used by people to give directions before the advent of sat nav’s but even now if you ask someone to tell you where ‘Fred and Mary’ live they may still say look out for the ‘Red Lion’ or some such pub name. But in future such landmarks will be gone and few will be left to admire as unique buildings often with their own architectural merit.

The Aintree (not on this length of road but in Bootle – see 2nd link above) was of course saved and it is now in another use so the building has been saved. Sadly, The Priory and The Liverpool Arms have gone for good. Why if they were not viable as Pub’s could they not have been converted into flats? Just a thought.

Let’s hope that Cooksons Bridge Pub continues to buck the trend!

Any errors in this article are mine and I am more than happy to correct them, so please get in touch if I have anything wrong.

British pubs dying out and its no different in Sefton Borough

Residential developers are targeting pubs to convert into homes, as many struggle to make ends meet. The Guardian newspaper cites figures from the Campaign for Real Ale, which show that 29 UK pubs a week are shutting down, double 2011’s rate. Around a third of the 1,722 pubs which shut last year were in London and the South East – highlighting the sheer demand for homes within the region.

Former Cabbage Inn - closed

Former Cabbage Inn – closed

This is a subject I have been following at a local level for some time now and yes our pubs are in crisis in Sefton Borough just like other places. Here’s a links to my previous postings on this subject:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/07/18/saving-pubs-at-risk-of-closure/

One thing that is rarely mentioned is that often these struggling and closing pubs are of real architectural merit and are landmarks in their community. Better that they find a new sustainable use than that they are demolished to be replaced with nondescript modern buildings.

STOP PRESS

Just as I was about to publish this posting I picked up on this:-

Pubs offered lifeline

Pubs considered important by local communities will no longer be converted by developers without planning permission under new legislation proposed by the government who say that over 600 pubs have been nominated as assets of community value so far. If memory serves the closed Priory Pub in Litherland is one of the 600.

The Daily Telegraph and Guardian covered this recently.

With thanks to the LGiU for some of the information in this posting.