Picture special: Demolition starts on Penwortham landmark
It’s the end of an era for a Preston landmark.
By Catherine Musgrove
Monday, 26th August 2019, 7:16 am
Updated Monday, 26th August 2019, 8:16 am
Bulldozers have moved in on Penwortham Mill
Demolition work has begun on the former Vernon Carus Mill site in Penwortham.
Lancashire and Cumbria Demolition Contractors Ltd have been appointed by Warrington-based Lane End Development Construction, to raze the building to the ground.
A letter to residents states there will be five or six demolition staff working on the site, Monday to Saturday and site security will be in place when they leave.
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Three large demolition machines have been brought onto the site and waste removal will be undertaken by wagons, around 15 journeys in and out each day.
A spokesman for Lane End Development said: Demolition is ongoing at Penwortham Mill. Our sub-contractors are making good progress."
A spokesman for Lane End Development added: "These works will be complete around December 2019. Well release a further update in due course.
Its been four years since plans were passed for Bovis Homes to build 385 houses on the former mill site in Factory Lane, and almost two years since the Sumpter Horse pub in Leyland Road was shut to make way for an access road.
The Sumpter Horse pub is still standing, and there has been no explanation of why a new developer has taken over the site.
Bovis Homes has declined to comment on the situation and there is no information on whether Bovis promise of investment in the nearby Vernon Carus Sports Club will be upheld.
Lane End Developments Ltd have carried out a substantial amount of work with social landlords, but there is no information on whether the Penwortham development will be in conjunction with a social landlord.
Penwortham Mill was built in the lates 1700s by John Watson as a textile factory which included weaving and fabric production.