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Fly-tipping misery at derelict eyesore

Hoteliers on Station Road, Blackpool, claim that the derelict site of The Grand has become an eyesore.  Pictured is Kath Ferrier from Marlow Lodge.

Hoteliers on Station Road, Blackpool, claim that the derelict site of The Grand has become an eyesore. Pictured is Kath Ferrier from Marlow Lodge.

A former hotel site which was left derelict after an arson attack has been beset by fly-tippers, hoteliers have claimed.

The Grand Hotel, on Station Road, South Shore, was hit by fire five years ago and ho-tel owners on the street say the regular site of piled-up rubbish is upsetting their customers.

Now they are calling on Blackpool Council to help sort out the “eyesore”, which they claim has been left to rot for far too long.

Kathryn Ferrier, who runs the Marlow Lodge hotel, opposite the site, said: “It’s just so bad and the area looks so run down.

“There’s some lovely little B&Bs on Station Road and fortunately it isn’t affecting my guests, but I wouldn’t say they look out the window for the view.”

Keith Cassells, owner of the nearby Somerville Hotel, added: “It’s a pain at the moment.

“When we open the curtains all you see is that dive.

“Nobody cares, it’s just an eyesore. The fly-tipping’s been going on since they put up all the barrier.

“People walk past and lob all their stuff over it.”

Geoff Harvey, owner of the Shepperton Hotel, said: “They don’t seem to have done anything to help us to get it resolved. Nobody’s told us anything about what’s going on.

“It’s not exactly a sea view is it.”

Mr Harvey added guests had given his hotel bad reviews because of the site.

He said: “It hasn’t happened too often but some peo-ple do mention the bombsite opposite.

Coun Gillian Campbell, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for housing, public safety and enforcement, said: “I fully sympathise with resi-dents who live or trade near to vacant premises and there-fore quotes are being obtained to do the works in default of the notice and put a charge against the property for our costs.

“We will continue to take action against landlords whose behaviour impacts on those around them.”

 

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