According to the Manchester Evening News, the former Orange Grove pub in Fallowfield may be knocked down and the site turned into more flats.
I’m not a fan of the idea – that part of the main road is very busy, with loads of shops and takeaways, and even before it closed the Orange Grove represented a bit of a break for the eye-line and some welcome greenery. In an area largely populated with bars, it was also nice to have a wider choice of pubs before it shut.
Ideally, if it can’t survive as a pub, I’d like to see it turned into a large late-night café with space for people to read and relax, perhaps some meeting area for groups from knitting to political campaigns, and retain the outdoor area. I’m not sure whether that’d be viable as a business though – what do others think?
Edited to add: Withington Lib Dem MP John Leech has also opposed this development.
“Orange Grove, Fallowfield” is by Adam Bruderer, and available under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license