Abandoned West Earlham pub becomes rubbish tip
A city eyesore which was demolished after a long campaign is now being used as a dumping ground.
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.
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'We even thought the builders were coming.
'But the site has become a dumping ground.
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'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.