Fenland MP calls for action on eyesores

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Fenland’s re-elected MP Steve Barclay has renewed his call for further action on the district’s derelict and delapidated buildings.

The MP for North East Cambridgeshire said it has been more than two years since he called on Fenland Council to take legal action against the owners of such buildings.

In that time the authority has issued enforcement action against just one owner, of Constantine House in Wisbech, despite announcing it was about to take potential legal action against the owners of five buildings just before Christmas last year.

Mr Barclay said before a Section 215 notice was served on Constantine House, the owner was being “very uncooperative” and the building was continuing to deteriorate.

But faced with hefty fines if left alone, renovation work on the fire-ravaged building is now well underway.

“This is proof, if proof was needed, that Section 215 notices work in forcing reluctant owners of these blots on our towns and villages to take action,” said Mr Barclay. “Hastings Borough Council served 54 such notices in just one year, which puts our single on so far into context.”

He added: “As far as I am aware there has been no update in the past five months and bearing in mind they were talking about issuing five Section 215 notices in December, it would be interesting to know whether or not they have been issued and what progress has been made.

“As far as I can see they have more than surpassed their own deadlines for resolving the problem on many of these properties.”

Mr Barclay said the authority has made progress with its £2 million lottery bid to regenerate part of Wisbech High Street, but work is also needed to regenerate buildings such as the Old School House in Tydd St Giles, the Acre Road cottages in March, the many dilapidated buildings in Bridge Street, Chatteris, and Randersons in Hill Street, Wisbech.

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A 2014 picture of Constantine House in Wisbech PICTURE: mfcp14af07453