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Redevelopment threatens old pub
The Vulcan Hotel
The pub has been serving drinks for more than 150 years
One of Cardiff's oldest pubs could be flattened to make way for a car park if city redevelopment plans are given the go ahead.

Fears that the Vulcan Hotel in Adam Street could be closed down were revealed when the plans for the St David's 2 city centre redevelopment were unveiled.

Planners have earmarked the space where the 152-year-old pub stands as parking.

But the brewery which owns the pub said it has no intention of selling up.

Isabelle Whitehouse, from SA Brain, said: "The Vulcan is one of our oldest pubs and is very popular with the locals.

"We have not been approached by anyone with an offer to purchase the building and so have no intention of selling it.

Artists impression of new development
Plans for the 535m redevelopment are being considered

"As far as we are concerned, it is very much business as usual."

But the application submitted by developers Land Securities and Capital Shopping Centres to Cardiff Council planners shows that the 535m redevelopment scheme would use space where the Vulcan stands as part of 3,000 extra car park spaces.

As part of the plans, a new John Lewis store would be built as well as a number of other shops, bars and restaurants and a state of the art new library would also be constructed.

Developers say that 1,000 construction jobs would be created during the build and a further 2,000 permanent jobs would be available on completion.

Although not listed by Cadw, the pub retains its original tiled frontage and what must be a rare sight - a sprinkling of sawdust on the bar floor.

The brown ceramic urinals are also said to be the only ones surviving at a pub in the city.

Regulars fear that a redevelopment would destroy an important part of Cardiff history.

Russell Hicks (left) and John Tobin (right)
Regulars at the pub don't want it to be demolished

Russell Hicks always drinks at the pub when he visits Cardiff from Barry. "We've got nothing like this left. The new pubs are these huge halls, which are totally impersonal."

John Tobin added: "This is full of character and full of characters."

The Vulcan is currently surrounded by small workshops and business units on the edge of the city centre.

If the pub was to be make way, calls have already been made for it to be moved brick by brick to the Museum of Welsh Life at St Fagans.

Gerallt Nash, the curator of historic buildings at the museum said that they were looking for a pub to go on display at the site.

"We haven't been approached by anyone about the pub, but if it were to be offered to us we would definitely consider it," he said.

"We would have to look at the pub and various considerations such as if it has original fixtures and fittings for example would have to be taken into account.

"Buildings are normally offered to us and if the owner was to donate it, we would gladly consider it," he added.




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