THE steady stream of Fleetwood pubs which have closed over the past decade could be partially reversed if new plans get the green light.
Established brewery Marstons is planning to build a new pub on land adjacent to Amounderness Way and Herring Arms in Fleetwood, with the prospect of 45 new jobs.
Plans have been lodged with Wyre Council and are pending a decision by planners.
If the scheme gets the go-ahead, the pub will be located close to the docks entrance.
Marstons believe the pub would be an ideal location for residents in the new waterfront homes by developer Redrow, as well as other residents in the town.
A spokesman for Marstons told the Weekly News: “The plans are for a family pub and restaurant, catering for up to 180 diners.
“There would be a total of 45 new jobs, including hospitality jobs bar work, chefs and management.
“It would also include ample parking and a children’s play area.
“Ideally we would like to start building in early summer, but of course that would be subject to us getting planning permission.”
The news of the application is a welcome boost for Fleetwood after the loss of so many pubs.
Once popular haunts such as The Broadway, Cutty Sark. Gullivers, the Fleetwood Arms, The Ship and even Fleetwood’s oldest pub, The Victoria, have all been lost.
Another pub, the Jolly Sailor on Radcliffe and the closest pub to the new proposed hostelry, has been shut for more than a year.
A combination of factors have made life difficulty for the licensed trade.
The smoking ban, the recession, cheap drinks in supermarkets and off-licenses and increasing beer charges from breweries have all conspired to cause large scale pub closures across the country.
But Marstons believe there would be a ready clientele for their planned new development.
While it may be good news for punters, one Fleetwood licensee fears there are already too many pubs in the town, and the new arrival will threaten the already struggling trade.
Benny Emsley, of the Queens on Poulton Road, said: “As far as I am concerned this would be another nail in the coffin, it if got the go-ahead.
“There isn’t enough trade to go round as it is – that’s why all these pubs are closing.
“The Government needs to listen, and stop supermarkets from selling cheap beer as well.
“We still have the same problems – and if this new pub opens it won’t help.”