‘Call time’ on eyesore site

Picture shows Residents who are calling for more action to be taken to clear up an eyesore site.  The former Mariners Pub has become a dumping ground.  Former councillor Roy Haskett wants someone to take responsibility for it'Pictured l to r local residents Fraser Franks, malcolm McCully Roy Haskett, Russel Douglas with Sadie the dog and Jennifer Roberts
Picture shows Residents who are calling for more action to be taken to clear up an eyesore site. The former Mariners Pub has become a dumping ground. Former councillor Roy Haskett wants someone to take responsibility for it'Pictured l to r local residents Fraser Franks, malcolm McCully Roy Haskett, Russel Douglas with Sadie the dog and Jennifer Roberts
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Neighbours living next to the site of a once-popular pub have said it is fast becoming a haven for vermin and a dumping ground for fly-tippers as no-one is taking responsibility for it.

The former Mariners Pub site, on the corner of Norbreck Road and Queens Promenade, in North Shore, has been derelict for around four years since it was pulled down after the empty building became a fire hazard.

Now it is home to dumped rubbish including furniture, tyres, bin bags and hazardous materials, and neighbours fear it is attracting rats.

Former Blackpool councillor Roy Haskett has said community leaders should “call time” on the eyesore former pub site.

Council bosses have echoed his frustrations, saying notices have been served on the owner while the taxpayer has been left to foot the bill for clearing dumped waste and installing alley gates to block access to the area.

He said: “It’s certainly a blot on the landscape. It’s fast becoming a health hazard.

“While I appreciate it’s not in that state by the owner’s volition, it is still their responsibility.”

Coun Gillian Campbell, cabinet member for public safety and enforcement, said notices had been served on the owners since the building was demolished after becoming a fire hazard.

She added: “This is a classic case of irresponsible owners failing to take responsibility for their property and respect their neighbours and community, causing great cost to the taxpayer in the process.

“The property has been on the market for some time, is unsecured and has been a target for fly-tipping

“As long ago as 2010, a notice under s215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in respect of the untidy land was issued against the owners of the property and the owners were ordered to pay costs by the courts.

“The latest measure we’re taking is to install alley gates which should be done in the next couple of weeks.

“We hope this will prevent further problems and we have an agreement in place with the owners of neighbouring properties that, once the alley gates are installed, the area will be cleaned up which, we hope, will put an end to the issue.”