Pest control takes over from pulling pints

A PEST control company has been given the go-ahead to convert a former vacant pub at the heart of Bailiff Bridge since the 1700s into its new headquarters.

Plans were submitted to Calderdale Council at the beginning of May to change the use of the former Punchbowl Hotel at the busy junction of Bradford Road, Wakefield Road and Victoria Road.

The proposal was made by Clearwell Pest Control Services which currently work from offices in Bradford.

Alan Lowry, operations managing director of Clearwell Pest Control Services, said the strong motorway links from Brighouse were important to the company as they cover the North as well as the Midlands but hope they can provide a service to people and businesses in the area.

“We plan to set up a training academy for people wanting to learn more about the industry and to provide ongoing training for our current and any new pest control technicians we employ,” he said.

“Having outgrown our current premises, when we viewed the Punchbowl we realised that it would be the perfect step forward for our business due to its location, size, parking facilities and large cellars which will be ideal for the storage of our equipment.”

Supporting information was submitted with the planning application which suggested the brewery considered the Punchbowl had no viable future as a public house and it had been struggling for a long time.

The building was on the market as a public house for nine months with over 7000 mailshots, with no one coming forward who wished to operate the premises as a public house.

Clearwell Pest Control company has been established for over 22 years and look after the pest control requirements for many large Blue chip companies as well as smaller retailers, shops, restaurants, pubs, and clubs.

They also offer a discreet service to any premises dealing with all pests including rats, mice, cockroaches, fleas, bed bugs, wasps, ants and birds for which they install anti roosting equipment.

Minor changes to the exterior of the building will now be made including the removal of an existing fire escape staircase and new doors and windows being installed.