"Yet another part of Manchester's history is being wiped off the map"

  • Last week, Manchester Council announced the approval of the demolition of the historic Smith Arms pub.
  • The Labour run council ignored the voices of local residents who have raised concerns on numerous occasions.
  • This is the second time the building has been under threat.

The recent application to demolish the historic Smith Arms pub was approved with no opposition scrutiny. Manchester City Council are the landowners and the development company.

Manchester's sole opposition councillor, John Leech, said of the loss: "The council have failed to recognise the contribution that Smith Arms makes to the Ancoats conservation area and this will be a real loss for local residents."

Since the news was announced last Thursday, residents and campaigners have taken to social media to vent their frustration, with the story going viral on Twitter.

Campaign group, Manchester Shield, said: "The current proposal damages the aesthetics of the area greatly, and the continued demolition of Manchester's history is utterly appalling."

The listed asset closed in the 1990s, but has been well preserved. There is no evidence to suggest it is a building at risk, or beyond repair, despite being the oldest pub in Ancoats.

Manchester Shield added: "To allow this area's oldest public house from 1775 and refurbished in 1827 to be demolished sets the continuing precedent of unforgivable erosion of Manchester's history."

John Leech added: "It is typical of the Labour council to ignore the concerns of the Manchester conservation areas and historic building panel.

"This is yet another part of Manchester's history being wiped off the map."

This is not the first time the building has been under threat though. In 2010, when Manchester Council had an official opposition made up of 33 Liberal Democrats and one Conservative, the application to demolish the local landmark was rejected.

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