A city eyesore which was demolished after a long campaign is now being used as a dumping ground.

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The Shoemaker pub in Earlham West Centre shut in 2005 and became a magnet for vandals and arsonists.

To the relief of councillors and schoolchildren, who campaigned for it to be demolished, the building was knocked down earlier this year.

But the site is now being piled high with old baths, washing machines and waste.

The rubbish is being stored on the site despite it being boarded up and locked. Labour councillor Bert Bremner said: “We were all thrilled as the site was cleared and fenced.

“We even thought the builders were coming.

“But the site has become a dumping ground.

“The Labour councillors and the residents are up in arms, and feel completely let down by the private owners.

“They have the planning permission so now get on with the building.”

And the owners have now been told by council officers to clear the site within two weeks or face enforcement action under the Environmental Protection Act.

Mr Bremner added: “We call on the owners to clear the rubbish and get on building or sell it at a reasonable price to someone who can, and will.”

The site’s owners, who live in Barton Turf, could not be reached for comment and their architects Chaplin Farrant declined to comment.

Planning permission was previously given on the site to build six new houses and 12 flats – six one-beds and six two-beds.

6 comments

  • Doesn't surprise me in the slightest, its just the attitude of the standard of people who live in the area, you only have to look at the bottle and clothing banks situated next to this boarded up site, at times these banks are over spilling and people don't give a toss, you drive round this area you see litter on the pavements and on the roads, there is no point of sending a council employee round to litter pick of sweep the street because it would be a waste of time, people quite blatently drop litter etc.. its just the way people have been brought up and the area they live in... there is no excuse pigs live cleaner lifes... the place make me cringe..

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    Footyboy16

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • On a side issue , could the photographer explain why anyone who is even slightly angry in a story has to pose with their arms folded.....no matter how daft they end up looking ?

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • Surely it would be easy enough to set up a discrete video camera to catch these idiots.Or just give a couple of police a bit of overtime and let them watch the place all night until it happens again,which wouldn't be too long.It must be easy to stake out a place like that and catch someone in the act.

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    Nexus_6

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • The Labour Council and their Counci Estates,a contninuing disaster,with theis attempt to buy votes

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    Albert Cooper

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • The Labour Council and their Counci Estates,a contninuing disaster,with theis attempt to buy votes

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    Albert Cooper

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

  • Nobody's visited Mile Cross recently - another one to add to the list! Come on somebody - sort them

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    biglingers

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

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