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‘We’ve lived next to eyesore for eight years’

Fed up: Kieran Gogarty, the owner of the Pier Mont Hotel on Osborne Road in South Shore, who is growing increasingly concerned at the dilapidated condition of the empty house next door (pictured). Below  the extension on the property

Fed up: Kieran Gogarty, the owner of the Pier Mont Hotel on Osborne Road in South Shore, who is growing increasingly concerned at the dilapidated condition of the empty house next door (pictured). Below  the extension on the property

A hotelier has today made a desperate call to town hall bosses to help him with his business by clearing up an eyesore property next door.

Kieran Gogarty, of the Piermont Hotel, on Osborne Road, has lived next door to the home for the past eight years and claims the council is simply not doing enough to 
improve it.

The South Shore businessman claims the front and back gardens are regularly used as a rubbish dump, paint is peeling off the walls, and it is an eyesore to his customers and 
other people looking for a hotel on the street.

And Mr Gogarty claims there are too many neglected properties in the resort and more should be done to keep their owners in check.

He said: “We are trying to run a business but have something like this next door.

“We’ve been here eight years but it was empty before that, and it just seems to be neglected.

“Every time you go out there you see a front garden with more rubbish thrown in it.

“I’ve been complaining about this for years. It’s frustrating.

“People spend money to keep their properties up to scratch then you get an owner who buys somewhere and neglects it.”

Blackpool Council took legal action against the owner of the home in January 2013, and he was forced to take the rubbish away.

However, Mr Gogarty says the rubbish soon returned and the council has not stepped up its efforts to make it presentable.

He added: “It’s not a nice place for people to sit and look out on.

“We keep our garden area tidy but we have that next door. You also have to think about the people who go past the street looking for accommodation, because they don’t want to see that.

“There’s a lot more that could be done to smarten the area up.

“If you look on South Promenade there are a lot of places boarded up and it looks very sad. For the people who come into Blackpool from that direction it can’t give a very good impression.”

The Gazette spoke to the owner of the property next door to the Piermont, but he declined to comment.

 

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