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Raise a toast to new use for derelict pub

New use: MP Mark Menzies with Progress Housing Group chief executive Jacqui De-Rose and Janet Hale, chairman of Progress Housing. Below, St George Place in Kirkham

New use: MP Mark Menzies with Progress Housing Group chief executive Jacqui De-Rose and Janet Hale, chairman of Progress Housing. Below, St George Place in Kirkham

A DERELICT pub which was a target for vandals has been transformed into an apartment block.

The iconic St George’s Hotel, at the junction of Moor Street and Station Road in Kirkham, had fallen into disrepair after being left empty for a number of years.

But now the new St George Place is home to nine one-bedroom flats and three two-bedroom flats.

It was developed by Progress Housing Group to provide quality accommodation for local people at an affordable rent. The building has been named after the old pub and was designed to keep the former venue’s unique J shape.

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has raised a toast to the team behind the work at the opening event.

He said: “It was great to have the opportunity to look around the new development and I was impressed by the high standard to which it has been completed.

“Many people wanted to try to keep some remnants of the old building but unfortunately it was in such a state of disrepair that proved impossible. I know Fylde Council’s planning team spent a lot of time getting the design of the new development just right and I think they have done a great job. This is a landmark site on a key junction in Kirkham and it was important that the building continued to reflect that.

“Having spoken to a number of residents who have already moved into the new apartments I know they are very happy with what has been built. I hope they continue to enjoy their new homes for many years to come.”

For generations, the pub, known affectionately by local residents as The George, was a popular venue in the market town, particularly with American soldiers and later the RAF who attended weekly dances there during the wartime years.

The pub closed in December 2010. Progress Housing Group and Melrose Construction purchased it in 2012.

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