Builders move in to start work on bungalow bar
Work has finally started turning a bungalow into a high-end wine bar.
The plans, for 42 Liverpool Road, Penwortham, caused controversy, with residents claiming the change of use would cause traffic problems and would impact negatively on neighbouring houses.
Others claimed it was what the area needed and would be a boost for the local economy.
Now builders have moved in and are on course to complete the transformation by March - a year after permission was granted.
The announcement comes after local Councillor David Howarth raised concerns work had stalled and said the area was an “eyesore”
A spokesperson for the company carrying out the work said the delay was due to problems with the roof.
She said: “There were issues with the roof, but we took our time to make sure it was right and it looked attractive for Penwortham.
“We are opening up the eaves inside and having a second floor as an overspill and for private functions. We wanted it to be different, and not just a bungalow with a bar in it.”
She added that the bar will have an industrial feel, with four private booths, acoustic glass to keep the noise down, and the possibility of wine vending machines is being explored.
She said: “We are going for an upmarket wine bar/cocktail bar feel, with breakfasts and sharing platters available.
“There’s nothing else like it around and we’re hoping that it will become a destination venue that will complement what is already on offer in the area.”
It is hoped that 3D visuals will soon be put up outside the building so that local residents know what to expect.