Demolition work begins at Penwortham landmark

PROGRESS: Equipment on site at the former Penwortham police station
PROGRESS: Equipment on site at the former Penwortham police station
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Work has begun to demolish the former Penwortham Police Station.

The 1930’s building sold for £350,000 in 2013 as part of a cost-cutting initiative by Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner. It was bought by Ribble Vets, which has outgrown its branch in New Lane, Penwortham.

Bosses at the long-running practice said the layout of the old station meant it was unsuitable for use as a veterinary surgery, and despite opposition from nearby residents, plans were passed in March to flatten the site in favour of a purpose-built part two, part single-storey building with conference facilities.

Now demolition equipment is on the station site, on the corner of Liverpool Road and Crookings Lane.

Nicky Birch of Ribble Vets said: “The demolition tender began on June 29 and this work is likely to continue for a month. We are hoping the build will be completed later in 2016.

“We will be keeping members of the public informed of progress through our website www.ribblevets.co.uk and Facebook pages.

“Obviously the staff are very excited about the future and in being able to better service our clients.”

She also confirmed that the surgery’s two other branches in Longton and Wesham will remain open.

More than 30 people formally objected the redevelopment of the site, raising concerns about the scale and design of the new building, increased traffic, parking problems and noise from a dog exercise area.

But the proposal was unanimously voted through by members of South Ribble Council’s planning committee.