Work starts on Kirkby’s Kingsway pub

The Kingsway, Kirkby.
The Kingsway, Kirkby.

An empty pub in Kirkby, which has been targeted by thieves and arsonists, is set to be brought back into use after work to refurbish it began.

The Kingsway pub has been boarded up and empty for more than a year and it has suffered numerous attacks including a fire which caused serious damage to the bar area.

Residents in the area complained that the once-popular community pub had become an eyesore.

The pub’s previous leaseholder, who ran the pub for a year, blamed tough trading conditions and high beer prices for the closure.

Earlier this year, Star Pubs and Bars, which owns the pub, applied for planning permission to renovate the building and conditional consent was granted by Ashfield District Council.

Coun Cheryl Butler, whose Kirkby central ward includes the pub, said that she welcomed the redevelopment.

“The pub used to be a hub in the community and there is nothing really like it in the area for people to socialise in,” she said.

“I think this is the best thing that could happen to it.

“There are too many pubs shutting and we need to make sure we keep our pubs.”

Chad make attempts to contact Star Pubs and Bars but no-one was available for comment when we went to press yesterday.