£1.4m pub revamp begins

The town's new pub will open on December 17 after Gazette readers picked its name. Below: Coun Lesley McKay.
The town's new pub will open on December 17 after Gazette readers picked its name. Below: Coun Lesley McKay.
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A huge revamp costing more than £1m to regenerate an abandoned town centre bar is now underway.

The Edge, on Hardhorn Road, Poulton, stood empty for two years before plans to re-develop it were proposed by pub giant JD Wetherspoon.

Bosses are hoping to create between 45 and 50 jobs by moving into the site, which is currently having its interior stripped out and altered to the design of the chain.

Wetherspoons has 880 pubs across the country and will spend £1.4m on the two-storey building before re-opening it on December 17.

John Hutson, chief executive of JD Wetherspoon, said: “We are delighted that we have now started building work at Poulton and are looking forward to opening the new pub before Christmas.

“We believe it will be a good addition to the town and hopefully act as a catalyst for 
other businesses to invest in the area.”

The regeneration of the pub has been backed to be a success in Poulton and act as a catalyst for other projects.

Although plans are yet to be confirmed, Home Bargains is set to move into the empty Market Hall building this autumn after traders did not have their leases renewed by owners Dransfield Properties Ltd.

Lesley Middleton, chairman of Poulton and Carleton Residents’ Association, said: “The people who have attended the forum have been really supportive of it because it’s normally a family pub.

“They see it as a piece of good news and with that and Home Bargains everybody feels Poulton is on the way to being a thriving market town again.

“It will bring more people in and hopefully, if they are coming to Wetherspoons, they will visit a lot of our 
independent shops.

“I don’t want to get too enthusiastic about this 
because things can change but the town seems to be thriving and this can only help us on our way.”

Coun Lesley McKay, ward councillor for Tithebarn ward on Wyre Council, added: “I’m really looking forward to it opening. The site has needed some investment for a while and it will be good to have a reputable business coming to make the place look good, create jobs and bring people to the area.

“The rest of the town will benefit through jobs and it shows Poulton is on the up if a big business like that are willing to invest.”