End of an era as pub is razed to ground

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A run-down pub has been demolished to make way for a childcare centre.

Plans for the site of the Bridge Inn in Walton-le-Dale, to create a nursery for more than 100 children, were given the go-ahead by South Ribble Council.

Knocked down: Demolition of The Bridge Inn

Knocked down: Demolition of The Bridge Inn

And this week machines were in place, tearing down the historic pub in the first stage of the £1m-project.

The scheme, by the owners of Ashbridge Independent School and Nursery in Lindle Lane, Hutton, is hoped to be completed in time for September.

Ashbridge director of operations Grace Carr said: “We started demolishing and securing the site on Monday and now it is completely flat.

“They are going to carry on clearing the site, then on Monday they are going to start the building work for the new building. We are hoping to be up and running to start accepting children from September so it is an exciting time ahead.”

The nursery will cater for children from three months to four years, and Ms Carr said: “We are starting to get a lot of interest from parents now people have noticed that things are starting to happen.

“We are starting to get families looking around at Ashbridge to get a flavour of the ethos and how it is run, and we would encourage people to come and have a look around Ashbridge if they are interested.”

Plans for the modern childcare centre include a three-storey detached building, and there are also proposals for manager’s living accommodation.

Ms Carr said: “It is on the river so it is being designed to look like a cruise ship looking out onto the river.

“There’s going to be roof gardens and hopefully it will look really impressive.”

For video of the demolition taking place, visit www.lep.co.uk.