Demolition men call time on historic pub

Demolition men call time on historic pub

A HISTORIC pub on the border of Mirfield and Dewsbury has been demolished.

The Swan Inn, which has stood empty since 2010, was pulled down earlier this week after owner Shahid Patel decided to clear the site to make it more appealing to developers.

The pub on Huddersfield Road, which lies close to Mirfield’s border with Ravensthorpe, has been an eyesore since it closed its doors, and the building has been vandalised many times.

The former coaching inn dated back to 1755 but landowner Mr Patel, the son of former Dewsbury South councillor Salim Patel, could not find any interested parties willing to take on the existing building.

He secured permission to change the use of the site from pub to retail units in February, 2012, and in August last year Kirklees Council’s Heavy Woollen planning sub-committee backed plans to build a convenience store and two smaller units there.

But there has been little concrete interest from potential tenants.

Local firm Hutchinson Demolition undertook the work this week and Salim Patel, speaking on behalf of his son, said that the aim was to create a plot that would appeal to potential developers.

“The building has been damaged so badly and vandalised many times, there was nothing of any value left,” he added.

“It wasn’t safe any more, so we decided to move forward and market it again with a clear plot, so that developers can see the potential of the site.”

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