Whiston KFC in the Pipeline for Green Dragon Pub Development

By on Friday, November 7, 2014

green_dragon_pub_whistonPunch Taverns want to demolish a Whiston pub and replace it with a KFC restaurant, a convenience store and a new home for bookmakers William Hill.

The company, which owns the Green Dragon Hotel, opposite Whiston Hospital, have put in a planning application to Knowsley Council.

The site borders Warrington Road, although if plans go ahead, vehicle and pedestrian access would be from Dragon Lane.

The car park would have 45 regular and six disabled spaces, plus motorcycle and order bays.

While fast food outlet KFC are ready to build there, no retailer has confirmed it will take on the proposed food retail unit. The application specifies a “national multiple convenience goods retailers,” which suggests supermarket brands such as Tesco and Co-operative could be among the contenders.

Punch Taverns had already decided to close the ailing Green Dragon pub, regardless of plans for the site. The adjacent bowling green currently lies derelict.


Images: Green Dragon Hotel (Raymond Knapman);
D2 Planning’s proposed site map for the retail development


  1. David Williams

    Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Thank god they are actually closing this place, all I see when I drive past this pub is men and women standing at the door smoking. Opening a kfc will bring jobs to whiston maybe only a few but a lot more people than the pub is employing now.

    • T Smedley

      Friday, November 14, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      Shame in my opinion. Not sure how old the building is but it certainly looks like it has a bit of history and character.With the dearth of good pubs and eateries in the area I am sure it could be put to better use than a fried chicken takeaway, especially if you consider the numerous fast food options adjacent, does Whiston/Prescot really need another?

    • G McMahon

      Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 11:08 am

      O yea kfc will attract a better class of person like those who don’t smoke, very much doubt it they will still stand outside kfc and smoke ????

    • Jayne Owen

      Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      You will find people smoking outside any pub anywhere, its not the pubs fault that we now have a smoking ban.

  2. Gary Harrison

    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Another fastfood outlet to blight our two towns to stand with the other 60 chip shops and pizza and burger shops in a 3 mile radius , litter thrown out of car windows down our main roads because lazy people cant get off there backside and put it in a bin , behave will Knowsley council , this is whiston and prescot not America

  3. Jayne Owen

    Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    This building has been a hostelry for possibly nearly 200 years, the building which houses the betting office used to house the horses for the pubs customers. Its a crying shame that yet another little piece of our local history is being bulldozed to make way for yet another fast food outlet, as if there are not enough of them in the area anyway. As for the jobs argument, it’ll probably employ a few young kids part time, minimum wage…not quality employment in my opinion. As for a better class of clientelle….the other fast food outlet on the same road opposite the hospital has been robbed at least twice since it opened…I rest my case. Dragon..we will miss you more than words can say xx

  4. Janet Smith

    Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    I feel it is a real shame to destroy a building with history behind it as this does. We definitely do not need a KFC with the amount of other fast food places within a short distance of each other. So much for healthy eating. As for people standing outside smoking. What do you think the people who would be in the betting shop or the KFC do? Or are they all non smokers? That building could be put too much better use than what they are planning to do with it at the moment. As for the job comment that was made, what about the people who are going to loose their jobs due to the closure of the pub, or do they not count?

  5. G Ratcliffe

    Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Have you smelt the stench from a KFC, ugh! it wafts for a mile and then there are the rats

  6. ian tinley

    Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    I worked in the dragon years ago and it was always packed out, it was agret pub.

  7. Brian ellis

    Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 8:06 am

    Pity a pub chain could not convert it into a family run pub/restaurant as it’s got a lot of history in whiston could convert the old bowling green into a play area for families with children

  8. Verity Rhodes

    Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    I would love to operate our Community Support Centre in the Green Dragon Pub but alas I am not a millionaire.
    If a number of stakeholders came on board to form a Community Business it would serve a better purpose for the whole Community, NHS and. many other Public Services.

  9. Gary Thomas

    Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    The Green Dragon has gone. It has been demolished these last few weeks. I understand that planning permission for the KFC and a few retail units was refused because it wouldn’t enhance the area. However, it will now be a car park and I’m not sure that that is a better option than the modern KFC/Retail units originally proposed.

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