Time running out for fire damaged pub

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A company planning to demolish a pub to make way for a supermarket have promised to design the new building in a style to respect the history and character of the area.

The King’s Head in Folkingham Road, Morton, is due to be demolished before winter to make way for a branch of the Lincolnshire Co-op.

It has been empty since the pub was damaged by fire in what was believed to be an arson attack in 2007.

Lincolnshire Co-op bought the site after the fire, but the plans were put on hold as the company was told the changes they wanted to make to the building were not suitable.

Highways officers at Lincolnshire County Council also raised concerns about access to the site via the A15 entrance.

The property was put back on the market two years ago for £150,000, but did not sell.

It has deteriorated further while it has been vacant and on the advice of building control and a structural engineer, Lincolnshire Co-op has removed an unsafe window.

Michelle Scott, Lincolnshire Co-op spokesman, said: “We have received advice from building control and a structural engineer that demolition of it should be carried out before the winter.

“We have secured the site to prevent danger to the public and are now moving forward with plans to demolish.

“We hope to soon be in a position to put forward plans for a new foodstore, designed in a way that respects the history of the site and the character of the area.”

Morton and Hanthorpe Parish Council approved of the plans to demolish the structure, as long as any replacement was as close as possible to the character of the building before the fire.

The King’s Head is situated within the conservation area of Morton, but is not a listed property although South Kesteven District Council has confirmed it is identified as a “building of merit”.