ONGOING works at a former Dollar pub, which is being turned into housing after laying empty, has revealed some signage not seen in decades.

The removal of the old white paint at the former Dollar Arms has revealed some of the old signage, including a faded outline of its former name, Railway Tavern.

The category C listed building is being turned into housing after plans were approved by the council last August.

The former public house has lain empty for some 13 years and owners argued a renewed pub at the location would not be economically viable.

It was the second planning application to turn the building into housing and planning officers said in their report last summer: “Assessment of previous applications to change the use of other public houses in Dollar was made on a case by case basis, and in accordance with the relevant policy provisions of the development plan in place at that time.

“The council as planning authority has no control over how existing licenced premises may adapt [their] business model, to ensure a premises with 'pub ambiance' is retained.

“Refusing this application would provide no guarantee that the premises would re-open as a pub any time in the future, and assessment against policy and material considerations has been undertaken in this case.

“One such material consideration is the length of time that the premises have lain vacant.”