Call for action on decaying eyesore in Barrowcliff

Cllrs Bill Chatt and Steve Bairstow complain about the site where The Barrowcliff Pub stood .Richard Ponter 122521

Cllrs Bill Chatt and Steve Bairstow complain about the site where The Barrowcliff Pub stood .Richard Ponter 122521

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Concerns are being raised over the site of the former Barrowcliff Pub which, it is claimed, is becoming a dangerous eyesore.

The former pub was demolished in October 2008 and developers had hoped to build a new care home for the elderly in its place.

However, because the building industry has been in the grip of a recession, no action was taken to start the project and it gradually was allowed to become overgrown and neglected.

Cllr Bill Chatt, who represents residents living in the Woodlands ward, said the site had been empty for about six years.

He added: “During this time local residents have had a constant battle to try and keep the site clear.

“In November 2011 the aplication went back to the planning committee for a renewal and I went to that meeting to oppose the aplication. When I spoke I was assured the hedge would be cut back, and it has not.”

He added that he had recently found out who owned the site and was urging residents to contact him directly to raise their concerns. “He had agreed to cut the headge back but new growth may cause further problems,” he said.

Cllr Chatt said that other residents would be expected to keep their own properties clean and tidy. “This is the heart of barrowcliff and people ask me what i am doing to get the site sorted,” he said.

“The estate has just been allocated £1.000.000 of european money to spend over the next 10 years and I know that this site is dragging the estate down.”

fellow ward councillor, Steve bairstow, agreed that action needed to be taken over the state of the former pub site.

He added that pupils from the nearby Barrowcliff Infant School had even offered to do the work.

He said: “They’d love to collect all the litter between the wall and pub site but we can’t allow them because it’s too dangerous.

“I think it’s important that the children do care about their area.”