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South Holland District Council says it is looking at eight untidy sites

Council workers say they are working towards 'positive outcomes' for some of the area's worst eye sores.

South Holland District Council says its officers have identified eight untidy sites in the district.

But the council says it is unable to publicly state which sites it is looking at due to "ongoing actions that we may seek to bring against the buildings’ owners in the future'.

Bull Hotel in Long Sutton (43683565)
Bull Hotel in Long Sutton (43683565)

Derelict buildings such as The Bull Hotel in Long Sutton, Bridge Hotel in Sutton Bridge and The Bull and Monkie in Spalding have become blots on the area's landscape.

Last week a number of frustrated councillors called for action to be taken to tackle some of the area's derelict buildings during the Performance Monitoring Panel meeting.

A council spokesman said: "We always believe that positive outcomes can be met for the residents, the owners and the district authorities, as we have recently seen with the Red Cow in Donington.

"We will continue to work as best we can to find the most appropriate long term solution for these sites."

The council is also creating a new policy in which to tackle these derelict sites.

The new policy would aim to ensure consistency across all departments when responding to untidy sites; ensure all contact is recorded on a centralised database and allow enforcement action to quickly be identified.

Coun Andrew Tennant called for the compulsory purchase of some of the sites while Coun Simon Walsh said that doing nothing was no longer an excuse.

At the meeting on Wednesday Coun Tenant said: "It doesn’t matter what kind of policy we have in place if the authority is not going to stick its neck out."

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