THE council admits protecting Warrington's heritage remains a 'constant challenge' following concerns over the town's 'historical legacy'.

Warrington and Halton Green Party has been critical of the recent demolition of historical sites, including listed pub the Manx Arms, on School Brow, and the former Sunday school building, on Cairo Street.

Members believe it 'raises questions' about whether the authority is 'serious' about promoting culture and preserving the borough's heritage.

The party has labelled the demolitions as 'unforgivable'.

Leader Steph Davies added: "The demolition of local heritage buildings should stop with immediate effect.

"Warrington Borough Council would like the town to be a City of Culture, yet they cannot ensure that our historical legacy as a town is adequately protected.

"We need to make sure that the mistakes of the past are not made again.

"Warrington has a rich and diverse urban history and we want to ensure that everyone can see this history for themselves and not just in old photographs.

"There are requirements that need to be fulfilled in relation to the care and maintenance of listed buildings, which we would like to see honoured.

"There needs to be consultation and communication on any listed building in Warrington that is under the threat of demolition."

The council has responded to the concerns.

A spokesman said: "We are proud of Warrington's rich and diverse heritage and strive protect and enhance it wherever possible, for example through the borough's 16 conservation areas.

"This is a constant challenge and any proposal to demolish any listed building is subject to rigorous scrutiny."