Duke of York Pub in 2010

The Duke of York Pub, located on Southend Road in South Green, Billericay is undergoing renovation after being closed in 2010.

The brewery who owned the pub, Grays and Sons reported in the Echo at the time, that travellers were driving customers away with "unruly and intimidating behaviour".

At the time travellers nearby refuted the claims, stating it was irresponsible and discriminatory to blame a whole community for the actions of a small minority.

dukeofyorkpub-ground-floor-layoutThe pub has now undergone significant building work to extend the premises and change the internal layout.

Looking through the planning application and statement the history offers an insight to the difficulties faced by previous landlords. It states owners tried to carry out refurbishment to the seating upholstery, which proved fruitless after only 12 months 'the clientele had reduced the interior back to its original state with slashed seating and spoiled decoration".

This is when the owners decided to close down the premises in 2010.

The new plans submitted and approved by Basildon Council include increasing the restaurant floor area from 44sq/m to 126sq/m through the addition of two single story extensions.

One of the three previous bar areas will also be changed to accommodate the additional restaurant space. The existing toilets will also be replaced with separate male and female facilities with a dedicated disabled toilet added, utilising previously existing space.

The plans are available to view using Basildon Council planning application software via the website here: http://planning.basildon.gov.uk/online-applications/

Grays and Sons http://www.grayandsons.co.uk

Information adapted from the Echo and Planning Application submitted by Grays & Sons/Roderick Lee Design Associates.

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