A landmark windmill is the latest target of an action team aiming to tackle north Norfolk's eyesores and neglected properties.

Eastern Daily Press: Trafalgar Court flats at Mundesley.Trafalgar Court flats at Mundesley. (Image: ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC © 2005)

Work is already being carried out to make crumbling Sutton Mill, near Stalham, safe after chunks of timber fell from the cap after winter storms.

Eastern Daily Press: The derelict old shop in Market Street, North Walsham. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYThe derelict old shop in Market Street, North Walsham. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY (Image: Archant Norfolk 2014)

Now talks are under way between officials and the owners to carry out further conservation work to the tallest mill in the county.

Eastern Daily Press: Demolition work at the Broads Hotel, Hoveton.Photo by Simon Finlay.Demolition work at the Broads Hotel, Hoveton.Photo by Simon Finlay.

The moves to save the former tourist attraction and museum comes after a string of other success stories by the district council's enforcement board, which has made progress on 62 out of 102 long-term problem buildings in the area, some of which have been disused for 20 years.

Others include:

?4a Market Street, North Walsham. A former historic shop which has been empty and neglected for more than 10 years. The owner has until October to demolish it.

?121 Mundesley Road, North Walsham. Empty and overgrown since 2007, the house has attracted squatters and anti-social behaviour. It has now been sold, renovation work undertaken, should be in use again next month.

?Trafalgar Court, Mundesley. A former clifftop hotel converted into 22 flats which have been empty for four years. Further improvement work has been ordered and the properties are now liable again to pay council tax – giving an incentive to find occupants.

?Broads Hotel, Hoveton. The council moved in to demolish the derelict building after fires and anti-social behaviour and will send the owner the bill.

?35-36 Beeston Common, Sheringham. After being empty for more than 10 years, the homes have now been sold and the new owner will soon begin renovation work.

?1-2 Church Cottages, West Runton. The owner has responded to orders to tidy up and repair after complaints from neighbours.

The board is tackling disused domestic property in a bid to bring more homes back into circulation to ease housing pressures.

Council leader Tom FitzPatrick said the board would continue its work and would consider compulsory purchase as a last resort.

'We are mindful of the rights of ownership, but also of the responsibilities,' he said.

'We are determined to ensure properties which blight the amenities of an area are improved. Residents should not have to put up with anti-social behaviour, infestation and overgrown gardens next to them.

'People come to north Norfolk because it's a beautiful place and we are determined to keep it that way.'

The enforcement board includes officers from the council's environmental health, legal, housing, and revenues and benefits teams.

Council chief executive Sheila Oxtoby said the successes also helped raise more revenue for the council to plough back into services for all the district's residents.

The council also benefited from receiving council tax and business rates from the new occupants of once-empty properties.