An eyesore Earlham pub which has been empty for years finally looks set to be bulldozed, to the delight of local schoolchildren who have pressed for action.

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The Shoemaker pub, in Earlham West Centre. closed in 2005 and has become a magnet for vandals.

Bert Bremner, Labour councillor for University, has campaigned for action and year six youngsters from nearby West Earlham Junior School joined the fight.

They wrote letters to Mr Bremner and Norwich South MP Simon Wright calling for something to be done about the eyesore.

Norwich City Council has served a notice on the owners under the Building Act 1984 because it is “ruinous and dilapidated”.

The owners now have 120 days to do it up or demolish it, or the city council will do the work and charge them.

It appears the threat has done the trick, as demolition signs have gone up.

Jon Biddle, a teacher at West Earlham Junior School, said the children, who sent the letters as part of their literacy work, were delighted with the result and were keen to campaign on other issues.

Mr Bremner said he was pleased action was being taken and praised the schoolchildren for showing they cared about the area around their school.

Are you fighting to get action over an eyesore in Norwich? Call Evening News reporter Dan Grimmer on 01603 772375 or email dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk

5 comments

  • Another pub bites the dust, now for the one on Mile Cross Road ?

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    Paul Kersey

    Friday, May 25, 2012

  • Shame on the council that it took 7 years, surely by law they could have acted sooner? Well done the children. Please publish a few of their letters to educate us adults on how to complain effectively.

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    bedoomed

    Friday, May 25, 2012

  • Fantastic news. Now perhaps they can build some poorly contructed council housing on the site and fill it with the sort of people who breed the kind of vandals and idiots that smash up empty buildings for "fun". Good work at ignoring the underlying problem of stopping the people that actually commit the crimes.

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    NR3Bob

    Friday, May 25, 2012

  • To be fair, a strong wind would knock it down. It's a shell, mainly thanks to the kids in the area who have bricked the windows, set fire to it etc. I'm surprised the kids want it knocked down, where will they play now?

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    Duck and Dive in NR5

    Friday, May 25, 2012

  • Very much a Norfolk trait, empty pub followed by theft,arson and dumping of rubbish. I hope the pub is demolished during school summer holiday and not term time...dust and asbestos fibres.

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    nrg

    Friday, May 25, 2012

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