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Locals delighted at demolition of derelict Derbyshire pub that attracted ‘ruffians’

Residents who live next to a derelict pub in Derbyshire have expressed their delight that it will be partially demolished to make way for new homes.

The Wilmot Arms, in Derby Road, Borrowash, closed its doors for good in 2019 and the site has become wildly overgrown and run down as a result.

Both councillors and local residents have criticised a change in the pub’s clientele in the months leading up to its closure.

One resident and former loyal customer told Derbyshire Live: “It started getting a few ruffians in there and we just started going somewhere else.”

Keith Wilson will have lived in on Derby Road for 46 years this summer.

He said that he and his wife would always go into the Wilmot Arms after work.

He said: “The wife and I used it as our local because I worked at Courtaulds and was on shifts. When I had finished my afternoon shift, we used to nip down there for a drink.

“I used it for about 10 or 12 years, probably a bit longer. We changed what we were doing and we used to go down to the Harrington Arms at Thulston.

Neighbours are pleased the Wilmot Arms is being torn down
Neighbours are pleased the Wilmot Arms is being torn down

“I walk by it most days when I go to the doctors or back and I am pleased that they are doing something about it.”

Another Derby Road resident said: “The sooner that something is done about it, the better. I have seen the plans and I am delighted.”

Green 4 Developments Ltd will see part of the site demolished as well as bulldozing the attached garage making way for seven new homes.

The remaining structure of the Wilmot Arms will be converted into two houses.

Councillors said that the pub had become a place known for violence towards life time with one saying that the development would stop this happening again in the area.

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