£100,000 supermarket plan for ‘Britain’s toughest pub’

First published in News

TIME has been called for good on the pub dubbed “Britain’s toughest”.

Town Hall chiefs forced the closure of The Flying Shuttle in Farnworth in April after hearing evidence of drug taking, arson attacks and staff too scared to tell customers to leave.

Bolton police licensing officer, PC Garry Lee said: “Not even John Wayne could sort out the problems. The potential was there for it to go off at any stage.”

And police said they did not feel safe in The Flying Shuttle during a raid involving 13 officers.

In the days after its closure, police had to step up patrols when a gang of troublemakers started fires in and around the pub.

One woman even moved her family out of the area as she feared for the safety of her four children.

Now, a developer has unveiled plans to carry out a £100,000 refurbishment of the Highfield Road building and open a Nisa supermarket, creating up to 10 jobs.

Councillors will make a decision by January 14 and, if permission is granted, the supermarket could be open by early spring.

Janice Wood, aged 49, of Anchor Lane, said: “It’s been an eyesore since the pub closed and, towards the end, the pub was out of control.

“The land isn’t going to stay like that forever so if it brings jobs, it’s a good thing.”

But Navin Khimji, who runs Premier Foods a few doors along from the building, said: “It will harm our business and will also harm the Co-op on the same row.

“It would be better as a youth club or as a restaurant or a takeaway. At least that would be something different.”

A mother-of-two, who asked not to be named, added: “Most people are against this plan. We don’t need a third shop.

“It’s been quiet since the pub closed and a shop could lead to people drinking on the street.”

Bolton-based property owner Lee Das, who owns a Best One shop in Leigh, submitted the proposals this week.

He has asked the council for permission to install a shop front, security shutters to doors, a cash machine and wheelchair ramps.

If permission is granted, the shop could open from 6am to 10pm, though Mr Das said it could start trading later in the morning.

Mr Das already has permission to use the land at the side of the pub as a car park and he does not have to apply for an alcohol sales licence because the pub had one.

He added: “This would be the area’s first supermarket and I am confident that, once people see what we have got planned for the building, they will approve.

“We are creating jobs and refurbishing an eyesore building by installing a supermarket that will offer excellent value to shoppers.”

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9:52am Sat 1 Dec 12

loogden says...

a third shop here? stupidity! put it to good use as a youth club something to keep the kids off the street! plenty of sace inshings for tide and outside for acticites and them to do they could also instal a outside play area for warmer days as theres no local parks really in the area and with it already being fenced off it could be locked up after hours to avoid vandals and teenagers going on over the night and causing a havoc! my husband use t
a third shop here? stupidity! put it to good use as a youth club something to keep the kids off the street! plenty of sace inshings for tide and outside for acticites and them to do they could also instal a outside play area for warmer days as theres no local parks really in the area and with it already being fenced off it could be locked up after hours to avoid vandals and teenagers going on over the night and causing a havoc! my husband use t loogden
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9:54am Sat 1 Dec 12

loogden says...

a third shop here? stupidity! put it to good use as a youth club something to keep the kids off the street! plenty of space inside and outside for activites and things for them to do they could also instal a outside play area for warmer days as theres no local parks really in the area and with it already being fenced off it could be locked up after hours to avoid vandals and teenagers going on over the night and causing a havoc!

Or even a gym, cafe & soft play center in one, theres plenty of people in the area with young children!
a third shop here? stupidity! put it to good use as a youth club something to keep the kids off the street! plenty of space inside and outside for activites and things for them to do they could also instal a outside play area for warmer days as theres no local parks really in the area and with it already being fenced off it could be locked up after hours to avoid vandals and teenagers going on over the night and causing a havoc! Or even a gym, cafe & soft play center in one, theres plenty of people in the area with young children! loogden
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10:30am Sat 1 Dec 12

macauley says...

well there goes another great pub.
well there goes another great pub. macauley
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10:55am Sat 1 Dec 12

melloj says...

I grew up in Highfield, it was a ****hole 30 years ago and is the same now as it was then, if anything it's worse today, I would never live there again, and they should have shut that pub down 20 years ago. I wouldn't say it's the toughest pub in Britain, there's a flying shuttle in every town - shut them all down. The local pub is a dinosaur, it's 2012 not the 1960's. Who on earth want's to go drinking at the end of their street these days?
I grew up in Highfield, it was a ****hole 30 years ago and is the same now as it was then, if anything it's worse today, I would never live there again, and they should have shut that pub down 20 years ago. I wouldn't say it's the toughest pub in Britain, there's a flying shuttle in every town - shut them all down. The local pub is a dinosaur, it's 2012 not the 1960's. Who on earth want's to go drinking at the end of their street these days? melloj
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12:04pm Sat 1 Dec 12

loogden says...

"another great pub" are you kidding me it was a dive, my hubby worked there for years and even he agreed it was s**t!
"another great pub" are you kidding me it was a dive, my hubby worked there for years and even he agreed it was s**t! loogden
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2:58pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Boltontoday says...

Play centre sounds good but I'm not sure people would pay enough to make it viable.
Play centre sounds good but I'm not sure people would pay enough to make it viable. Boltontoday
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4:18pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Reality50 says...

It wouldn't even be a third shop it would be a 4th shop as we have the paper shop next door to the derelict pub,the wine shop further up the row and the Co Op. Also within 150 yards at the end of Watson Rd is a fifth shop. What is needed is either housing or ideally a Sunday pub lunch type pub like Southfields or Watermillock. Failing that then how about a library or a one stop shop. What we do not want is another shop. At least the rumours of a mosque are not true thankfully.
It wouldn't even be a third shop it would be a 4th shop as we have the paper shop next door to the derelict pub,the wine shop further up the row and the Co Op. Also within 150 yards at the end of Watson Rd is a fifth shop. What is needed is either housing or ideally a Sunday pub lunch type pub like Southfields or Watermillock. Failing that then how about a library or a one stop shop. What we do not want is another shop. At least the rumours of a mosque are not true thankfully. Reality50
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4:21pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Reality50 says...

As for the Shuttle I used it twice in eleven years and it was most unwelcoming and a lot of the clientele weren't even from this area. A lot were from Little Hulton or other parts Farnworth. We do need a pub up here but a friendly family type one that won't attract the scum.
As for the Shuttle I used it twice in eleven years and it was most unwelcoming and a lot of the clientele weren't even from this area. A lot were from Little Hulton or other parts Farnworth. We do need a pub up here but a friendly family type one that won't attract the scum. Reality50
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5:10pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Lever-Ender says...

Toughest pub in Britain ??
It isn't even the toughest pub in Farnworth....
Toughest pub in Britain ?? It isn't even the toughest pub in Farnworth.... Lever-Ender
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7:46pm Sun 2 Dec 12

macauley says...

tough pub my backside just toy drinkers go in there.
tough pub my backside just toy drinkers go in there. macauley
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4:37am Mon 3 Dec 12

oftbewildered2 says...

never been there and don't live in the area - but I sincerely hope that whatever is done, is done after full consultation with the people who do, and who will be using the facility
never been there and don't live in the area - but I sincerely hope that whatever is done, is done after full consultation with the people who do, and who will be using the facility oftbewildered2
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4:20pm Mon 3 Dec 12

The Bullet says...

Facility? Its not publicly owned. It s a commercial building with private owners. What has the 'community' got to do with it? They have a chance to vote with their wallets. They simply dont get to say what should open...it's none of their business.
Facility? Its not publicly owned. It s a commercial building with private owners. What has the 'community' got to do with it? They have a chance to vote with their wallets. They simply dont get to say what should open...it's none of their business. The Bullet
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