Demolition work has begun on a former Sutton Bridge hotel. Workmen were spotted on the Bridge Hotel site on Sunday clearing copper piping from inside and they were on the roof on Wednesday removing the lead tiles. In April, battle lines were being drawn in a bid to save the historic building from the bulldozers. Although it had repeatedly been trashed by vandals and squatters over the last few years, Coun Jenny Rowe wanted to see it restored to its former glory and once again become the village flagship. However, in June South Holland District Council approved planning permission to Mr Mark Andrews c/o 3D Planning Ltd of Wistow, Peterborough, to demolish the building.
Demolition is expected to be finished by the end of September and much of the building material is to be salvaged. Although it is not known what the plans for the site are, Coun Rowe hopes it will be used for “nice apartments” similar to the Garners Wharf development. She said: “It’s such a shame to lose another historic building. The district council needs to act on work started to make it a conservation area before we lose any more.”