RESIDENTS and councillors are celebrating after it was announced the former site of The White Hart pub in Bletchley is set to be demolished in January.
Councillor Nigel Long said: “The site was left to rot and now we know it was dangerous. I am pleased that residents helped us to raise the need for demolition. I am pleased the owners have appointed Robinson Lloyd Arcitects (LRA) to sort the demolition out. We will be working closely with them.”
The pub, which is set to be replaced with a 32-bed, male only, mental rehabilitation centre, has been left burnt out and derelict for around six years.
Plans for the new centre have been opposed since they were announced in November of last year.
On Friday residents met with councillors Elaine Wales, Nigel Long and Gladstone McKenzie along with representatives from the company who are arranging the demolition – Robinson Lloyd Architects.
They will manage the work using a specialist company who will have to work around a number of factors including the nearby location of residents and the road network.
Residents have been demanding action on what they called an ‘eyesore’ for years and various campaigns have been launched by people, most strongly by resident Audrey Butler who lives opposite the site.
She said: “It’s very good news. Me, three residents and three local councillors met on Friday night to discuss the plans and now we just have to assess any problems that arise such as traffic.
“We’re not pleased with what’s going there but at least this is a good start.”
Councillor Elaine Wales, said: “We are delighted that this eyesore is to be demolished and that the company overseeing the work has met with the community to consider the best way to do this without causing residents problems.”