Derelict homes blighting street

Enid Graham and Kathleen Tibury outside boarded up properties on Princess St, Blackpool.
Enid Graham and Kathleen Tibury outside boarded up properties on Princess St, Blackpool.
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A row of boarded up properties is blighting a once thriving holiday area, it is claimed.

Traders say since buying former homes on Princess Street as part of regeneration plans, Blackpool Council has let them fall into disrepair.

Enid Graham, who has run her holiday apartments on the street for 20 years, said: “They have been left boarded up and nothing has happened.

“It just seems to be a stalemate and the properties are becoming dangerous with children playing inside and climbing on the roofs.

“The site has become an eyesore and our guests do not want to look out on dilapidated, boarded up premises.

“I would just like to see them pulled down.”

Hoteliers are also angry about the state of properties the council also owns in Tyldesley Road.

It bought the New Ramsey Hotel following a fire which destroyed the neighbouring Saville Hotel in 2006.

Kathleen Tilbury, of The Sandwell, said: “The New Ramsey has been left to go derelict. The council has put scaffolding up but nothing’s happened. We’d like them to tell us what’s going on.”

John Donnellon, assistant director for planning at Blackpool Council, said: “We want to demolish the block on Princess Street but we are still in negotiations to buy the end property.

“In the interim we are trying to manage them to ensure people are kept out and they are not a hazard. They are boarded up and secure.

“We are carrying out essential maintenance at the New Ramsey to ensure it does not look unsightly.”