Residents ask for help in land owner mystery

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A SCARBOROUGH residents’ association chairman has highlighted problems with rubbish being tipped at the site of a former pub, saying it is making the area an eyesore.

Doug Kidd, of Barrowcliff Residents’ Association, says that since the Barrowcliff was knocked down four years ago, the site has become a “complete tip”.

He said he has made numerous enquiries about who now owns the land, but has drawn a blank.

Mr Kidd said: “It’s a tip – there’s rubbish being chucked all over.

“We’re trying to clean up Barrowcliff and the group has been doing a lot for the Gallows Close area, so we want whoever is responsible for the land to come and clean it up.”

Mr Kidd added that he has been in touch with Scarborough Council, who have also been trying to find out who the land belongs to.

He is hoping that the landowner may even see this article and get in touch with him directly.

Mr Kidd said: “The site is fenced off and secure, but people are throwing rubbish over the fence and it needs sorting out.

“I hope the right person will come forward and we can work together on this.”

A council spokesperson said: “Both the council and the landowner are aware of the issues with fly tipping on this site and we are working together to see how we can address the problem.”

They are not at present able to give any more details or confirm the identity of the landowner.

Recent community developments in Barrowcliff include the launch of an initiative called My Barrowcliff, which encourages residents to comment on proposals for a series of major physical, environmental and social improvements on the estate.

A consultation process, during which residents can voice their views and help decide which ideas are taken forward, has now been launched.

Priorities include ways of tackling crime and anti-social behaviour, improving and creating facilities for young people and providing training and work opportunities for the community.

The scheme has been backed by the police, Sanctuary Housing, Scarborough Borough Council, Yorkshire Coast Homes and the Safer Communities Partnership.

Anyone who is interested in the issue of the old pub site, or community work in Barrowcliff in general, is asked to email Doug at