A derelict Blackpool pub which has become a magnet for anti-social behaviour is to be demolished.
Work is expected to start shortly to knock down the Dinmore Pub on Grange Park which has been targetted by vandals since it closed in July 2013.
In May this year, four fire engines attended a blaze at the premises on Dinmore Avenue which had been started deliberately.
In November 2013, the body of 48-year-old Eugene Ferguson was found in the cellar of the Dinmore after he got into the boarded up building through the roof.
Coun Gillian Campbell, deputy leader of Blackpool Council and councillor for Park ward which includes Grange Park, said: “Ever since The Dinmore shut its doors it has been a haven for anti-social behaviour and I know many of my constituents around there will be more than happy to see the back of it.
“We have met with the owner and agreed that he should appoint a contractor to demolish the building as soon as possible and, all going to plan, we expect the site will be finally cleared in six to eight weeks.”
The council issued a notice ordering the owner of the pub to take action which has led to the agreement to go ahead with demolition.
There have been calls from the community asking for something to be done for some time.
Resident Terry Bennett said: “The pub needs to come down as it is a total eyesore.
“Ever since it became empty there have been people getting inside it and stealing stuff.
“So demolition is long overdue and many residents will welcome it.
“The question is what will be put on the site in its place.”
The Dinmore was sold for £250,000 at auction in 2014 when owners Calco Pubs went into administration.
The new owner was not revealed.