Two of South Holland’s empty pubs will be converted into private homes if planning applications get consent.
Spalding’s Golden Ball, on River Bank, and a pub at Hillgate, Gedney Hill, are due to be changed by developers.
The Wellington Pub Company wants to convert the Golden Ball into a four-bedroom home. Its agents say the Golden Ball closed in May 2011 and the company “would not look to close a thriving public house business”.
The agents blame declining trade on location factors, local demographics, the shift in the pub market, the impact of the smoking ban, the general downturn in the economy, competition from nearby pubs and the availability of heavily discounted alcohol at local supermarkets.
They say there are two other pubs close by, The Welland Inn and The Drayman’s Arms, so the loss of the Golden Ball will not have an adverse impact on local residents.