'Eyesore’ pub set to be demolished to make way for new shops and flats
An ‘eyesore’ pub left empty for more than a decade looks finally set to be demolished to make way for new shops and flats.
The fire-damaged remains of the former Merrivale pub in Oldbury, which has lay empty since 2013, would be knocked down and the site given a new lease of life under new plans by ‘upmarket’ grocery shop Simply Fresh.
A four-storey building with space for two ground-floor shops and 12 one, two, and three-bed flats would then be built on the site of the former pub in Dog Kennel Lane and Vicarage Road in Oldbury.
The plans also include 15 parking spaces.
A planning application was submitted to Sandwell Council in early 2019 looking to convert the former pub into a Hindu temple but that move was eventually scrapped.