Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Campaigners Step Up Bid to Save Historic Pub ; REAL ALE GROUP IN BID TO GIVE PROTECTED STATUS TO BUILDING WITH LINK TO TV'S LIFE ON MARS

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Campaigners Step Up Bid to Save Historic Pub ; REAL ALE GROUP IN BID TO GIVE PROTECTED STATUS TO BUILDING WITH LINK TO TV'S LIFE ON MARS

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CAMPAIGNERS have stepped up their bid to save Manchester's historic Sir Ralph Abercromby pub from demolition ahead of Gary Neville's new development.

The United-star-turned-property-guru plans to radically rebuild the whole of Jackson's Row, off Deansgate, into apartments, offices, a five-star hotel and gardens.

Although detailed plans have not yet been submitted, those fighting to save the 200-year-old Abercromby - said to have been the inspiration for the local in BBC cop show Life on Mars - believe it is earmarked for demolition.

Draft proposals appear to suggest it will be replaced by a new public garden, but Mr Neville's development partnership has not so far clarified its future.

Now CAMRA has submitted an application to have the pub declared an 'asset of community value' in order to protect it.

Graham Donning, chair of CAMRA's Manchester Central branch and director of its Greater Manchester network, said: "These plans would mean losing a wonderful, packed-out community pub.

"It's a Manchester United supporters' pub - and of course Gary Neville is behind the plans to demolish it. Also it's the last remaining link to the Peterloo Massacre.

"As far as we can understand from the initial plans for the area, the idea is that the Sir Ralph Abercromby would become a garden. It does not make sense at all.

"They say there are other pubs in the area, but they're not like the Abercromby. It's a great pub and a real shame."

They say other pubs but they're Abercromby Graham CAMrA " He said CAMRA had already met with city centre councillors about the campaign and was keen to meet the developers

The Abercromby dates back to the early 19th Century and is the only structure remaining from St Peter's Field, site of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre. It also inspired the Railway Arms, the drinking den favoured by Gene Hunt in Life on Mars. …

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