DEAD pigeons are holding back a £140,000 plan to bring Scunthorpe’s former Parkinson Arms pub back to life.
The business on Mary Street has remained closed since December 2014 after fire broke out in the adjacent Tyler’s Bar.
Local property developer Tony Conroy wants to turn the 50-year-old, 100-capacity pub into a private function venue to to be called The Coach House.
Tony has already built apartments on the first and second floors to offer guests overnight accommodation.
But he stopped work during September in a long-standing row with the local authority over the removal of dead pigeons in the neighbouring Tyler’s Bar.
Tony explained: “The pigeons have been dropping through the gutted roof next door. They are a health hazard and it’s not my job to remove them!”
A North Lincolnshire Council spokesman said: “We are aware of the issues with the former Tyler’s Bar on Mary Street.
“Our environmental health officers have visited the site on a number of occasions.
“The site currently poses no immediate public health risk. However, we are assessing what options are available to us to have the property cleared.”
It is understood the pigeon issue has been complicated by protracted negotiations between the owners of Tyler’s Bar and insurers over repairing the fire damage.
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