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Marina 'eyesore' to be demolished

Pepi's Bar, Hull
A landscaped area will be created on the site before the Clipper race

A former nightspot overlooking Hull marina is being demolished as part of a £1m makeover of the area.

Pepi's bar opened in 2001, but is now fenced off to prevent vandalism and some of its windows are boarded up.

In April councillors agreed that the building should be pulled down by September, when the city will host the start of the global Clipper yacht race.

Hull's economic development company said the bar was an eyesore and would be replaced by landscaped gardens.

John Holmes, from Hull Forward, told BBC News: "It will come down over the next few weeks thankfully. I think a lot of people will be really glad to see the back of it.

"It's a bit of an eyesore and what we will have in the short term, ready for the Clipper, in its place is a landscaped area with seating areas and trees.

"In the longer term we are hoping for a major prestigious development on this site."

Mr Holmes said it would have been too costly to redevelop the building for alternative uses and demolition was the best option.

He said the move was part of a £1m programme of improvements planned for the area ahead of the start of the Clipper race, which is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the city.

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