Selby Eyesore Gets Cleaned Up
11:55am 10th July 2013
Selby District Council's enforcement team have been successful in their bid to clean up an eyesore in the district.
The former agricultural sheds at Gateforth New Road, near Thorpe Willoughby, had been a regular target for vandals, arsonists and metal thieves in recent years.
The Council's Enforcement Officers served a Section 215 notice under the Town and Country Planning Act to force the clear up of 75 unsightly and derelict buildings stretching over 500 metres at the 16 acre site, owned by Monaghan Mushrooms.
The council says that this work has now been carried out and the agricultural growing and packing buildings have been cleared. They add that the dereliction of the site had been made worse following a series of fires and metal thefts from various buildings which were left unrepaired, becoming a dangerous eyesore.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Crane commented, "The local community has told us that this unsightly eyesore needed clearing up and that action needed to be taken.
"We've worked closely with both the police and fire service to resolve this issue because the site became a magnet for repeated antisocial behaviour in the district.
"The clear up of the site is a testament to the dedication of staff who have worked very hard behind the scenes to ensure this action was taken," he added.
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