A derelict hotel in Sutton Bridge – once the flagship of the village – is to be demolished following repeated attacks by vandals.
South Holland District Council decided owner Mark Andrews can demolish the Bridge Hotel without planning approval.
A former parish councillor’s 11th hour bid to have the hotel listed for historic importance has failed, which means nothing can stop the bulldozers.
Mr Andrews had applied for planning consent to demolish the hotel, telling the council:
l The site is unused and falling into dereliction
l It has been the focus of local vandalism with a recent history of break-ins and criminal damage
l The building has been illegally used for raves in recent weeks
His application says demolition is due to start on July 5 and be finished by September 30. Many of the building materials will be salvaged.
Parish council chairman John Grimwood said: “Vicky Hills tried to get it listed and they (English Heritage) said it is of no historic value.
“I am led to believe there are bats in there and Jenny Rowe has been trying to get that sorted but the planners have said it’s nothing to do with them.
“I suppose my heart is ruling my head – I have had some wonderful times up there and it’s part of the village.”
Local historian Beryl Jackson said there was a building on the site as far back as 1640 and in 1789 there’s reference to a sea bathing house run by a Mr and Mrs Prest from Hull.
After the bridge opened in 1830 it became a coaching inn.
Former parish councillor Jenny Rowe said all of the structures around the hotel are listed, including the bridge, and the hotel should have the same protection.
Between 2006 and 2008, the hotel was completely renovated by the then owner and Mrs Rowe said a £70,000 grant was given for the work because the building was considered to be of historic interest.
She said: “It will be a great loss to the village if it’s demolished.”