District council makes pledge on public safety at Sutton Bridge Hotel

Parish councillors in Sutton Bridge are calling on the district council to make the Bridge Hotel safe and clear the 'grot spot'. ANL-160404-110221001
Parish councillors in Sutton Bridge are calling on the district council to make the Bridge Hotel safe and clear the 'grot spot'. ANL-160404-110221001
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South Holland District Council is promising to do all it can to ensure public safety around The Bridge Hotel at Sutton Bridge.

The hotel was once the flagship building in the village, but it became derelict while empty and up for sale.

Repeated intrusions by vandals and squatters left a trail of damage.

Sutton Bridge Parish Council clerk Suzanne England said: “Demolition started last year but has not been completed – several reports have been submitted to SHDC building control concerning glass and and other debris falling onto the pavement below causing a hazard to pedestrians.”

The parish council asked the district to consider serving a notice to force the owner to tidy up the site, a request pressed home at Wednesday’s full council meeting by Sutton Bridge district parish councillor Michael Booth.

Coun Booth told the Free Press he considers the building to be in a dangerous condition with broken windows while a wall fronting West Bank appears unstable.

Parish council chairman John Grimwood said: “There’s no roof on it. It was the most iconic building in the village but now it has turned into a dangerous eyesore.”

A district council spokesman said: “We are currently assessing all of the options available to us in order to improve the building’s condition.

“We will also do everything within our powers to ensure the public’s safety around the site. If anyone has concerns about the building we would urge them to report these to us.”

Previously ...

End of era for Sutton Bridge hotel

Squatters and vandals are trashing The Bridge Hotel

Sutton Bridge hotel acted as a beacon for area