Bitter residents hit out over rotten state of derelict pub

The Swan with Two Necks has been unoccupied for two years and the site now attracts fly-tippers, drug addicts and graffiti
The Swan with Two Necks has been unoccupied for two years and the site now attracts fly-tippers, drug addicts and graffiti
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Fed-up residents are calling on the owners of a ransacked derelict pub to either sell up or maintain it.

Business owner Adam Robinson, 33, has been left disgusted at the state of the landmark Swan with Two Necks.

Needles, food waste, furniture and fridges are all things that have been dumped on the site.

In recent weeks, the building has also been covered in graffiti.

The building is privately owned by a company in London.

The landmark pub, in Hollinshead Street,Chorley, is Grade II-listed, and it is beyond recognisable from its former self.

Former owners Nick and Denise Hogan left the premises two years ago and it hasn’t been open since.

Mr Robinson said: “I own an office next to it and it’s a real eyesore.

“I’ve resorted to cleaning the area myself but it’s too much now and I can’t do it, it’s rotting away and the graffiti has only just happened but the fly-tipping has happened for years.”

The pub has also attracted anti-social behaviour in its run down state.

Mr Robinson added: “I’ve called the council and they said they are looking into it.

“ It’s really run-down and it’s attracting the worst.

“I want the owners either to secure it off, sell it or maintain it.

“I’ve had my office in the area for a couple of years and when the pub was open it was fine.

“But since it has closed it’s been a problem, it’s really sad to see, I know people who used that pub and now it’s awful, it just isn’t good enough.”

Coun Adrian Lowe, who looks after the street scene for Chorley Council, said: “I agree, the place does look a mess, however as it’s private land we’re not able to just go in there to sort it out. We’re currently trying to get in touch with the landowner to liaise with them over getting the land cleared up and hopefully we can get it dealt with soon.”