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Calls made to develop on site of former pub
CALLS are being made to brighten up the centre of a village by getting rid of rubble left there following the demolition of a pub.
Gerrards Cross parish council is hoping that work begins soon on building a new care home on the site of the former French Horn pub, in Oxford Road.
The pub closed in 2007 as a result of a lack of trade and the site has been vacant since it was bulldozed in 2010.
Developer Runwood Homes won permission to build a 53-bedroom residential care home there, but the company has now applied for permission for an extension of time before work starts.
Rubble from the demolished pub has been left at the site and the parish council believes that the appearance of the village would be improved if the care home were built.
Parish council chairman Chris Brown said: "The site has been undeveloped for nearly three years and it is a real eyesore.
"It is one of the first things you see as you come into Gerrards Cross from the A40 and it isn't a particularly good welcome.
"We would really like the developers to get on with it and build their care home.
"There is still rubble there and it is just messy. It would have looked better if they had just left the pub standing to avoid it looking such a mess, but I suppose there might have been problems with it getting broken into."
The pub closed at the same time as The Packhorse, in Packhorse Road. Those premises has since become the Wildwood restaurant.
Planning permission for the care home was granted at about the same time as the restaurant.
Mr Brown said: "I think people in Gerrards Cross would be really pleased if it were to be built, and it would improve the village no end."
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