Earlier this year The Colonial Bar’s management announced that due to the end of their 10 year lease, the popular nightspot would close.
The Colonial Bar is now closed and The Wellington Pub Company, the current owners, have submitted plans to East Hants District Council for the demolition of this iconic 185 year old building.
The reason given by The Wellington Pub Company for the demolition is to: “..allow the owners to consider their options for the site.” This probably means that they don’t have the confidence in a new venture to submit formal plans, or that they plan to sell the land if demolition is granted.
The demolition, if approved by East Hants District Council, has been predicted to take around two weeks.
The Colonial Bar, despite being 185 years old, is not a listed building. As far as we know this building is not currently documented as a building of historical interest. The only thing standing in the way of demolition is Horndean Parish Council and East Hants District Council’s planning department.
You can find the application for demolition on East Hants District Council’s planning portal. At time of posting East Hants District Council are accepting comments regarding the demolition, to make a comment click here.
I would be terribly disappointed if this building were to be demolished, not only would Horndean lose another yet drinking establishment, there would also be the loss of another of piece of Horndean’s history.