The Woodshutts pub in the Butt Lane ward will be demolished and be replaced by homes with development expected to start in 2015. Aspire Housing have finally completed the purchase of the site after months of negotiations. Councillors have campaigned for years to bring the site to the attention of Aspire following complaints from residents. Anti-Social behaviour got that bad at one point the UK Home Office drew up a report to make the case for demolition. What was once a very popular estate pub has become an eyesore targeted by thieves, Arsonists and vandalism.
The Butt Lane Locality Action Partnership have worked with Joan Walley MP, Councillors, Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and others to secure demolition. The purchase of the site by Aspire will begin a new chapter for the Butt Lane and Kidsgrove area. We are in desperate need of some decent social housing in the area and this new development will be welcomed with open arms.
I shall be opening a bottle of Champagne this evening! This has been a very long struggle and as a local Councillor I am feeling rather relieved. Well done to all involved.