Compulsory purchase an option for pub

Derelict buildings: Councillors are to consider the next step with the Bull and Monkie site in Spalding.
Derelict buildings: Councillors are to consider the next step with the Bull and Monkie site in Spalding.
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A meeting of South Holland District Council last night was given the latest updates on unsightly and derelict sites and land being targeted through its own Pride in South Holland Campaign.

The Bull and Monkie site was recently cleared after the owner, Crispen Holdings Ltd, failed to act on a legal notice served by the council.

Crispen now face legal action so the council can recoup the cost of the contract work.

Council workmen are set to go on site again on Monday to remove graffiti from the building, following another legal notice served on the owner.

A document presented to councillors last night listed compulsory purchase as a future option, subject to planning permission to demonstrate “this was both deliverable and in the wider public interest”.

Another derelict building on the council hit list is the former Red Cow hotel in Donington.

Councillors were advised the best planning service they have been able to achieve is to ensure the building is secure, safe and wind and watertight.

Compulsory puchase is again an option, but due to the cost the council would look to enter into a back-to-back agreement with a heritage body to “undertake subequent works of refurbishment and redevelopment”.

It was also pointed out that there are other neglected heritage properties in the district and “it is not the purpose of the public purse to invest in properties owners have failed to maintain”.

Other properties and land listed include New Bridge Inn, Glenside South West, Pinchbeck; The Bell, Church Street, Pinchbeck; derelict shops, High Street, Holbeach; former Bartons/Barlings butchers shop, Bull Lane, Long Sutton; Royal Mail Sorting Office, Spalding Town Centre.