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The empty house of horrors!

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Who would live in a house like this?

At the moment, the answer is rats and pigeons after the home was taken over by vermin following 10 years of neglect.

According to neighbours of the Thornton Gate eyesore, youths are frequently breaking in to the home and drinking.

Bob Norburn lives around the corner to the nightmare, on Crossway, Cleveleys, and is fed-up.

He said: “This house is an eyesore and a danger and kids are climbing in there.

“We keep reporting it to the council and they come round nailing the windows up but kids come round a few days later and start smashing it up again.

“It’s absolutely outrageous.

“People on the street have to put up with broken glass, pigeon droppings and maggots.

“It’s a health hazard, a structural hazard, and everything is wrong with that place.

“It should be knocked down before someone gets seriously injured or killed.”

John Walsh, 81, lives next door to the home and says he has been left with no other choice but to put up with the state of the property.

He added: “When the last owner originally moved out and sold it we didn’t think it would last this long.

“We’ve made various representations to people but it just goes on and on, and in the end we think nothing can be done.

“It’s an awful nuisance with pigeons because there’s about 40 or 50 people roosting on the roof.

“The pigeons are a nuisance and the gap between my house and this house is full of pigeon droppings.”

A spokeswoman for Wyre Council says they are working with a number of people to renovate the home.

She said: “Circumstances of the owners are rarely straightforward and there are limitations on what powers the council has. Nonetheless we’re determined to stop empty properties deteriorating and having a negative impact on the local area.

“In reality behind the scenes, we are busy liaising with the property owners, arranging surveys, getting quotes from building companies, taking legal advice, all of which takes a great deal of time.

“We want to assure the neighbours that we do understand their frustrations and that we are doing everything in our power to resolve the issue.”

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said the force was not able to comment on claims youths were using the derelict house for anti-social behaviour.

 

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