The future of the pub was raised in the series of public meetings held
in February about the East Wirral Heritage & Nature Trail scheme linking
the Rock Ferry Pier with Eastham Woods Country Park via New Ferry.
In those days before we knew the building had been purchased by a
housing development company, residents had been asking that the Council
do what was possible to investigate whether the building could either
reopen as a restaurant/cafe at the mid-point along the new trail, or
even it could make a local heritage centre. It was recognised that
securing funding for such a venture would be a major problem, but at
least the idea was there.
Now that the
new owner has been identified and has made his intentions known, and
because the pub is not a listed building nor is in a Conservation Area,
the owner only needs to give the Council notice that he intends to
demolish it. Although listing of the building by English Heritage
would have been more likely if the original artefacts from the ship had
remained inside it, NFRAG is still hoping that a listing might be
possible. However, it is feared that the owner could try to beat
this and demolish the building anyway before English Heritage can reach
5th March, a crew arrived and tore off the steel shutters which had
sealed and protected the building since it closed in 2007. All
four doors were then smashed off their hinges, and all removable
contents from the pub were taken away in vans. The pub was left
wide open for vandals and arsonists to move in. It was only thanks
to the vigilance of local residents that the Council and police were
alerted. The Council sent an emergency response team to board up
the doors, whilst residents and the community police protected the
building from a gang of teenagers who turned up just after darkness
fell; these teenagers had been seen earlier brandishing lighters.
The residents feel they prevented the pub from being torched that night. You can see
photographs of the perpetrators doing the deed, and the aftermath of
destruction which they left behind by going to the
Wiki Wirral Forum.
of the New Ferry community are alarmed at the prospect of losing this
landmark building from the eastern side of the A41 bypass, although
others are concerned that the empty building will attract more attention
from vandals. New Ferry Regeneration Action Group will continue to
monitor the situation.
We have set
up an online petition asking for the pub to be protected or saved from
demolition. You can sign it by going