Campaigners vow to save their local pub

Residents outside the Gillibrand Arms pub in Collingwood Road, Chorley
Residents outside the Gillibrand Arms pub in Collingwood Road, Chorley

Chorley residents have launched a campaign to help save a community pub.

Homeowners are upping the ante in the hope that plans to close the Gillibrand Arms pub, in Collingwood Road, will be stopped.

Chorley Community Housing has submitted a planning application to bulldoze the pub and build 12 two-storey homes and 10 flats.

Parking will be provided on site as well as landscaping.

CCH has said that if they do purchase the pub then work will start immediately.

The pub is owned by Thwaites and the company said nothing will happen until planning permission is granted.

Residents are up in arms at the plans and have insisted they will do everything possible to ensure the pub is saved.

A spokesperson from the residents group said: “We will be objecting to the plans for a number of reasons but we are mainly objecting as we want to save the pub.

“It’s a community asset and plenty of people use it, it has a thriving darts and dominoes team and groups such as Slimming World also use the facilities.

“We are supporting the landlord, previously people have taken over it and struggled but he’s making a real good go of it, it’s our priority to ensure that we save this community pub.”

Coun Ralph Snape, ward councillor for the area, added: “Previously landlords have struggled but the pub has been turned around, years back it was discovered that mineshafts and landfill were found.”

A spokesperson for Thwaites said: “A planning application has been lodged regarding the possible sale of the pub to a housing association.

“Any sale is subject to planning permission being granted.”