Questions are raised over site of former Grove pub in North Earlham

Council bosses have been questioned over what they can do to improve an eyesore pub on a city estate.

The issue of broken glass, debris and disrepair at the former Grove pub, in North Earlham, was raised by a member of the public at a Norwich City Council meeting this week.

Neil Blunt asked councillors: 'What additional short-term action can be taken by the council to make the site tidy and safe, and, if it remains derelict, what can be done in the medium to longer term to bring the site into use?'

The condition of the former pub in Cadge Road has deteriorated since it shut in July 2009 and in February the council took steps to board up the pub and secure the fencing to prevent access after the owner failed to do the work.

The council will be looking to reclaim its costs.

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Bert Bremner, cabinet member for planning and transport, said: 'The appearance of the site is poor enough to justify further action by our planning enforcement officer. He will be able to require the owner to take steps to tidy the site, board the first floor windows and to replace the damaged brickwork at the front.

'The site is patrolled by the west neighbourhood team on a near daily basis to check for vandalism, fly-tipping and unauthorised entry. The problem is, of course, that the people who bought the site do not appear to be in a position to develop it and the site is not likely to be developed until market conditions improve.' Mr Bremner said the council continues to explore long-term options for the site, as well as for other derelict pubs including The Shoemaker in Earlham West Centre and the King's Arms in Mile Cross Road.

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