Eccleston pub with Sir Bradley Wiggins mural to be bulldozed

Lost icon: Barry Woods raises a glass to Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins after painting this mural on the wall of Eccleston pub, The Windmill
Lost icon: Barry Woods raises a glass to Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins after painting this mural on the wall of Eccleston pub, The Windmill

A landmark village pub that honoured Olympic hero Sir Bradley Wiggins with a huge painted mural is to be demolished.

The Windmill Hotel in Eccleston proudly displayed the mural in support of villager Sir Bradley after he became a multiple Olympic champion and Tour de France winner.

Although the proposals result in the loss of a community facility, the public house, within a designated shopping area it is considered that the public house is no longer viable and there is alternative provision within the surrounding area

However, the pub, on The Green, which has been empty since it closed in 2013 has been dubbed “an eyesore”.

A planning application from Andrews Homes Ltd to turn the site into nine new apartments was given the go ahead by Chorley Council’s development control committee last Tuesday evening.

The committee was told in a report: “Although the proposals result in the loss of a community facility, the public house, within a designated shopping area it is considered that the public house is no longer viable and there is alternative provision within the surrounding area.

“The site has been marketed and following this marketing period it is considered that the proposed development is the most appropriate re-use of this previously developed land located within a sustainable location in accordance with Policy 1 of the Adopted Central Lancashire Core Strategy.”

The mural on the pub features Sir Bradley, the St George’s flag and the Lancashire red rose. It was created by village resident, former signwriter Barry Woods, 53, who had painted various murals on the wall over the years, for occasions such as the World Cup and The Diamond Jubilee.

Sir Bradley won the Tour de France in 2012 followed by an Olympic gold in London in the same year.

Martin Boardman, Eccleston ward councillor, said: “This new development is in keeping with the area.”