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Going: Royal Scot pub is being demolished

Going: Royal Scot pub is being demolished

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A Coppull pub which has stood empty for more than two years will finally be demolished to make way for a housing development.

The Royal Scot on Station Road ceased trading in October 2008 after youths repeatedly caused trouble there, and has been subjected to vandalism, tipping and break-ins ever since.

But the site, which can also be accessed off Spendmore Lane, is to be replaced with eight terraced houses, gardens and parking spaces.

Coppull councillor Nora Ball is delighted by the news, after a four-year struggle to help spruce up the area and stamp out the problems.

She said: “The car park has been a disgrace for quite some time, with people dropping litter there, and the pub has been open to vandalism.

“It has just got into a state of disrepair, so building new houses will really tidy the site up.

“I haven’t heard any objections from people living in nearby estates, and I think it’s the best thing for the area; it’ll help bring it back to life.”

The anti-social behaviour first started when youngsters chose to congregate at the entrances of the subway, which runs from Station Road to Spendmore Lane, under the railway.

Up to 50 teens were known to gather at the entrance near the Royal Scot at any one time, and threw bricks into the road and into the subway. Drug needles were also found there.

Coun Ball and her husband Ken, who is also a councillor, launched a campaign with concerned residents to shut the subway in 2006, and were eventually successful in April this year.

Coun Ball added: “It was a pretty bad situation before the subway closed. People were abusive and many landlords left the pub.

“It was a popular place at one time but the youths started putting customers off visiting the Royal Scot, and a few windows were broken.

“We’ve got rid of those problems now.”

Gates have been erected at the entrances of the underpass, and it was decided at last week’s Chorley Council development control committee meeting that applicant Brit Homes can go ahead with the housing development, once a demolition order is in place.