Battle to save the Vic as decision day looms

The Victoria Pub, Church Rd, St Annes.
The Victoria Pub, Church Rd, St Annes.
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CAMPAIGNERS are making a last-ditch attempt to try to save a cherished local which is more than 100 years old.

The Victoria Hotel, Church Road, St Annes, could be demolished, with a new 40 bedroom retirement complex built on the site.

A near 400-name online petition has been launched as pub regulars and fellow objectors continue to fight the plans which could go to Fylde Council’s development management committee on December 14.

UK retirement housing development company McCarthy and Stone has submitted an application.

The company held a public exhibition into plans at the Inn on the Prom, St Annes, in September 2010.

It submitted an application in December 2010 which council planners did not find suitable.

A four-week public consultation period into the future of the Vic, a historic former coaching house, ended in February.

McCarthy and Stone has resubmitted their plans for the pub – which English Heritage has rejected as a listed building – with a revised design.

The firm claimed the pub had deteriorated, and said refurbishing the building would cost around £2 million, something unachievable on current takings.

The Vic, a managed house, belongs to the Spirit Pub Company, which also runs the Lord Derby, St Annes, the Ship and Royal, Lytham, the Grapes, Wrea Green and the Fairfield Arms, Greenhalgh.

Protestors say the pub is a fine building and deserves to be preserved and kept in the community.