Campaigners step up fight to save Black Horse

Moss Bank residents protest over the closure of the Black Horse earlier this year.

Moss Bank residents protest over the closure of the Black Horse earlier this year.

First published in News

AN action group has been set up to fight a housing plan residents fear would “rip out the village atmosphere” of a community.

More than 100 people packed into the Moss Bank Mission to protest at the plan to demolish the landmark Black Horse pub and build 16 luxury homes.

As revealed by the St Helens Star last month, developers are seeking permission for the estate to be constructed at the historic Moss Bank Road site, including the bowling green and car park.

Neighbours decided to form the action committee, which will fight the plans of developers Steppingstone Group.

The meeting studied legal ways of halting the proposals.

It also set out some of the traffic problems already faced in the village, while the potential loss of parking to the adjacent Moss Bank Mission – which hosts groups for pensioners and numerous social groups – was also brought into sharp focus.

Rita Allcock, 74, secretary of the action group, said: “We are angry that the whole character of the place could end up changing.

“Obviously we want to keep the pub, but if that cannot be saved we need to keep it as a building.

“There has been a bowling green there since the pub opened 300 years ago.

“The Moss Bank Bowling Club had a lottery grant a few years ago and made improvements there – now they are searching for somewhere else to bowl.”

The Black Horse is one of the oldest pubs in St Helens, and is believed to date back to the 18th century.

The proposed scheme would involve flattening it and building two to five-bedroom homes.

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2:00pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Terry B says...

I have already commented in support of retaining this building and the Star has this week published my letter voicing my opinion but sadly the paper wittingly or unwittingly judged it to need editing and cut out one of the most important parts of the letter which asked how the council reconciles its new planning Masterplan objectives with what is taking place in practice. The section read:-
"Well, we seem to have a difference here in what is said and what is happening in practice! How does knocking down what were important and beautiful buildings fall in to the category of protecting St Helens most important features? And how does allowing the demolishing of the Black Horse meet the aspirations of the people of the borough? They plainly don't want it knocked down! ".

The question still stand and still need answering. Answer on a postcard please!
I have already commented in support of retaining this building and the Star has this week published my letter voicing my opinion but sadly the paper wittingly or unwittingly judged it to need editing and cut out one of the most important parts of the letter which asked how the council reconciles its new planning Masterplan objectives with what is taking place in practice. The section read:- "Well, we seem to have a difference here in what is said and what is happening in practice! How does knocking down what were important and beautiful buildings fall in to the category of protecting St Helens most important features? And how does allowing the demolishing of the Black Horse meet the aspirations of the people of the borough? They plainly don't want it knocked down! ". The question still stand and still need answering. Answer on a postcard please! Terry B
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5:56pm Fri 7 Dec 12

jumper says...

It is sad that a building will be knocked down, the old adage is if you don't use
It is sad that a building will be knocked down, the old adage is if you don't use jumper
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9:51pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Paul Lynch says...

Dear Terry,

I'd be happy to talk about your ( and anyone else's) concerns with the private planning application currently before the council Planning committee.

My email is cllrplynch@sthelens.
gov.uk

Regards

Paul
Dear Terry, I'd be happy to talk about your ( and anyone else's) concerns with the private planning application currently before the council Planning committee. My email is cllrplynch@sthelens. gov.uk Regards Paul Paul Lynch
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11:31pm Fri 7 Dec 12

ruskindale says...

More than 100 people packed into the Moss Bank Mission to protest


If those 100 people had used the pub fairly regular it wouldn't be in the position it is now.

The horse has bolted.
[quote]More than 100 people packed into the Moss Bank Mission to protest[/quote] If those 100 people had used the pub fairly regular it wouldn't be in the position it is now. The horse has bolted. ruskindale
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6:54pm Sat 8 Dec 12

jumper says...

Frank took them from the George to try and do something with the pub, I was told it was like flogging a dead horse.if you do not use it you are going to lose it.
Frank took them from the George to try and do something with the pub, I was told it was like flogging a dead horse.if you do not use it you are going to lose it. jumper
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