THE site of a former café in Walsoken that had become an eyesore has been cleared.
The Victoria Café, situated in a prominent location on Lynn Road was a cause for concern for residents and local authorities alike.
Neglected for decades, the building had become unsafe and was attracting anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping.
The grounds had also been used to site caravans without planning consent.
Now, following a series of planning enforcement measures, West Norfolk Borough Council has demolished the building and cleared waste, including dumped asbestos, from the site and erected a two metre high fence to enclose it.
The works cost a total of £40,980 to complete and the council is pursuing legal action to secure a charge on the land to recover these costs.
Cllr Vivienne Spikings, Cabinet Member for Development, said: “We do not take such action lightly and prefer to work with landowners to resolve issues such as these.
“However, we had been advised that this site posed a significant fire risk and was potentially dangerous for those accessing it illegally.
“It was also clear that the unsightly nature and anti-social behaviour the site attracted was affecting residents so we felt that action must be taken.”