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8 Bulldozed memories Yet another local pub has been lost as the Red Lion Pub on Liverpool Road South in Burscough is demolished. On Wednesday, January 31, the bulldozers came in to knock down the Red Lion to make way for a nursing home. Local residents and visitors of the pub have expressed their anger as yet another local pub is torn down. Paul Stewart Merrills on Facebook wrote: “Heartbroken. Can’t believe we are going to build another nursing home on the plot of the Lion, what we need is affordable housing for local people, not another nursing home where people are ripped off.” Care & Support In Your OWN Home Parbold, Newburgh & Mawdesley areas What We Do - Personal care & domestic help - We’ll help get you ‘Out & About’ - Short, long term & overnight care - Specialist care for Dementia, Parkinsons, Stroke, Cancer Support Why Choose Us? - Clear and upfront pricing - Calls of 30 minutes or more - Established company To arrange your FREE assessment call Amanda or Lilian 01257 696 050 Diane Edwards: “So sorry to see such an old building being flattened. We are not taking care of our heritage for future generations. Every place will end up looking the same and totally lacking in character.” Nigel Paice: “It was my local. The problem was the pub company charging the tenant excessive rent and tying them to buying beer only from them and then pricing it at twice what it could be bought for on the open market. Same sad story over and over I’m afraid.” The pub is steeped in history and tradition which makes the loss of the establishment even more cutting. On the 27th August 1838, ‘The Loyal Rose of England’ Lodge was established at Burscough and the first meetings were held at the Red Lion Inn. The Burscough pigeon shooting and gun club established an annual event in 1852, which took place at the Red Lion Inn. In 1859 the prize was a ‘fat bullock’, valued at £15, and the winner could choose the money or the bullock. Around 1860 there was a small brewery which was run by Mr John Norris the innkeeper. www.independentlivinglancashire.co.uk Michael Dawson from Burscough who captured the images of the Red Lion said: “Sad to see such a local landmark go, but I made sure I captured its final hours.”
9 Speed cut after fatality The speed limit is to be cut on a Newburgh road following a fatal accident. Highways bosses have agreed to make Briars Lane, Course Lane and Lowry Hill Lane a 40mph stretch. It is currently a National Speed Limit road but statistics reveal that there have been 17 collisions between 2014 and 2017. A report to councillors said: “(A5209) Briars Lane, Course Lane, and Lowry Hill Lane is a semi-rural strategic route carrying approximately 10,000 vehicles per day comprising 1,000 Heavy Goods Vehicles between junction 27 of the M6 and the Burscough and Rufford area. “During the period 2014 to 2017 Lancashire Constabulary has recorded 17 collision incidents including one fatal event along this section of national speed limit highway. An informal consultation exercise carried out between County Council officers from various highway disciplines and the Police revealed a high level of support for the proposal and recommendation that this should be progressed. “A formal Speed Limit Order was advertised in the local press and prominently in the local area between November 30, 2016 and December 28, 2016. No objections were received and a substantial level of local support was received.”