UKIP MEP furious over plans to demolish listed Dudley pub

By Liam Coleman

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'Dirty tricks' claim: Bill Etheridge has expressed fury over proposed pub demolition
'Dirty tricks' claim: Bill Etheridge has expressed fury over proposed pub demolition
UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge has accused developers NewRiver of “dirty tricks” after it lodged plans to demolish a Dudley pub.

NewRiver notified Dudley Council of its intentions to demolish the Fiddlers Arms on the outskirts of the West Midlands town.

By issuing a prior notice of demolition, the developers will not need to go through the council’s planning committee to demolish the pub.

This is despite the building being locally listed, which means that it has historical significance and is “considered to make a particular contribution to local distinctiveness”.

UKIP outrage

Etheridge, UKIP MEP and Dudley councillor, called NewRiver “ruthless opportunists” over its plans to demolish the pub.

“NewRiver is now playing dirty tricks in its quest to wilfully destroy listed buildings,” he said.

“The pub trade has enough troubles of its own, without ruthless opportunists reducing the local heritage.”

However, Dudley Council said that the developers would now need to notify the council when it wants to demolish the pub, something it has not yet done. As a result, there is no specific demolition date yet for the pub.

NewRiver was contacted for comment but had not responded at the time this article was published.

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