This well-known Hull pub is being demolished
The George pub on the corner of Spring Bank West and Walton Street (Image: Katie Pugh)
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 13 Feb 2018
It is a place where many a football fan has had a pre-match drink, or met before heading to Hull Fairbut now the George pub is set to be demolished.
The pub in the shadow of the KCOM Stadium has lain empty for well over a year, and has been the victim of several arson attacks.
Now, the landowner has submitted a planning application to demolish the building, but it could be transformed into a new retail hub with residential properties above.
The landowner’s agent, John Benson, of Hull-based Benson Planning Studio, believes the new development could breathe new life into the area.
He said: “If we get planning permission we will look to demolish the building relatively soon.
“The pub has been intermittently trading for the past few years and it has been marketed quite heavily but no one has been able to make a success of it.
“There is quite a lot of competition with the Halfway and the Brickmakers Arms nearby as well as the pubs on the Anlaby Road side. There is a trend with pubs closing now and the George is the latest.
“The landowner is looking at a scheme bringing together a mix of retail and residential above.
“The problem is that landlords have taken short-term leases and have never really made a go of it.
“It maybe trades well for two weeks while Hull Fair is on but that isn’t sustainable.
“It is just not an attractive proposition now and we need a fresh start.”
The George pub, Walton Street, west, Hull
Mr Benson also says demolition and redevelopment will help halt crime the derelict pub is attracting.
He said: “There have been a number of fires at the site which has put the building in a precarious state.
“If we get permission to demolish and redevelop we would look to do it as quickly as possible.
“The building has now become a magnet for anti-social behaviour and we don’t want that to continue when the pub is demolished.
“We will have a two-metre fence around the site to try and prevent any issues like that.
“We believe the new scheme would be hugely beneficial to the area. This is a corner site and highly visible and we need to breathe new life into it.”
In the summer of 2016, then landlord Paul Senior wanted to transform the George into a gay-friendly drinking establishment.
At the time he said: “People kept coming in and asking if it was gay-friendly. I thought it was a wind-up at first. But I was told that many years ago a gay couple ran the pub and people remember that.
“We are now changing the name to The Gay George, meaning it is a happy place, and we will be refurbishing it with rainbow colours.”
However, that never materialised and the pub closed for the final time a few months later.