|The doomed Grimsby pub - vandalised and with a cellar prone to flooding|
SAY farewell to The Albion - a once-popular pub at178-180 Cleethorpe Road!
Some years ago, poor trading prompted its former owners, Admiral Taverns, to call last orders, and now it is to be demolished to make way for a new three-storey building accommodating a ground-floor shop (probably a convenience store) and four self-contained flats above.
North East Lincolnshire Council has granted planning permission for redevelopment of the site to Metro C21 Stores Ltd whose sole director is Yorkshire-based Parmeet Kaur Mehat.
Although in poor condition and heavily vandalised ( with part of the roof missing and a flooded cellar), the property is included in a list of Grimsby buildings of architectural or historic merit.
The move has disappointed Grimsby & District Civic Society. Members acknowledged that its days as a pub were over but hoped it could be converted rather than replaced.
Ironically, the adjacent BP/ Londis petrol filling station has been promoting itself (on a banner attached to one wall of the Albion ) as 24-hour off-licence - one of the reasons why life has become so difficult for pubs.