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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Carlisle council leader vows to safeguard historic pub

A council leader has vowed to keep up his fight to safeguard an historic pub building.

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Joe Hendry

Joe Hendry wants to speak to Tesco to seek a way of protecting the Horse & Farrier on Wigton Road, Carlisle, in light of news that the supermarket giant is to build a £35m store nearby employing 300 people.

Dr Hendry, who represents Yewdale on Carlisle City Council, said: “Tesco have assured me in the past that they will work to protect the pub building and it is something I’m now keen to follow up again now that we know what is happening at Morton. I’m writing to Tesco to see if I can talk to them about this.

“I think it would make a decent family restaurant for those living or who travel into Carlisle from the west of the city. There are similar ones on the other routes into the city.

“If Tesco is not going to develop the site themselves then we need to see what can be done to ensure the pub building is safeguarded.

“We need to do all we can in light of what we’ve seen happen to some of the other old State Management pubs in the city. The Rose & Crown has been demolished in Currock and there is concern about the future of The Magpie in Botcherby.”

Tesco has been chosen to build a new 90,000sq ft store in Morton, a similar size to the Sainsbury’s store in Caldewgate, which could be open by autumn 2014.

The supermarket giant had won planning consent in 2011 to develop the disused bowling green behind the Horse & Farrier pub. It will now drop its plans for the 4,350sq ft convenience store off Wigton Road. The land will probably be sold.

Part of the planning consent for the convenience store on the bowling green includes an agreement that the Horse & Farrier is restored and marketed for six months.

In 2010, the Prince of Wales offered support to Dr Hendry’s campaign to save the pub building.

Dr Hendry wrote to Prince Charles, who has a passion for architecture. In response, the prince asked his deputy private secretary Benet Northcote to make sure that the Horse & Farrier’s future was raised with the then Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy.

Tesco gave an assurance that the pub, which is boarded-up, will be protected.

Built in 1928, the Horse & Farrier was designed by the renowned architect Harry Redfern as part of the State Management Scheme in which Carlisle’s pubs were nationalised to help curb the drinking excesses of munitions workers.

Details of Tesco’s new £35m supermarket scheme will go on show at Morton Community Centre on Wednesday from midday until 7pm. Tesco will then submit a planning application. Outline consent already exists so approval is likely to be a formality. Construction should begin early next year.

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