ONE of Shoebury's oldest buildings is set for a £1.4million transformation by a leading pub chain.
JD Wetherspoon has applied to refurbish and reopen the 250- year-old Parsons Barn pub, in Frobisher Way.
It closed last November and has been the subject of repeated vandalism ever since.
The new owner hopes to have the work completed and the beer flowing again by next February, creating 45 jobs.
Wetherspoon chief executive John Hutson said: “We appreciate this is a well-known building in the town, which has fallen into disrepair since its closure.
“We are looking forward to restoring the building and opening a new pub, which we are confident will be a great addition to the Shoebury community.”