A WELL-KNOWN Enniskillen landmark is to disappear with the loss of four jobs.

Whaley’s bakery in Paget Square is to be demolished to make way for a major redevelopment scheme, although the company is to continue in business and is currently looking for a site on which to build new premises.

The Department of Environment is vesting the present bakery and other property in the immediate vicinity and has put forward a redevelopment plan for the area.

It proposes that the site should be used for residential purposes, with preference being given to a housing association, such as Fold, which provides sheltered accommodation for the elderly. There would also be room for other types of dwellings or commercial premises.

The family business has been in operation in Enniskillen for three generations. It began at the rear of a grocery shop in High Street and moved to the present site around 1920. Since then it has been giving continuous employment to a number of people, providing bread and confectionary items for the people of Fermanagh.

The Whaleys say that while the situation has been forced upon them by the Department and they have made four bakers redundant, they are to continue in business, supplying a range of confectionary items produced to their specifications by a firm in Belfast.