Legal action sees café site cleared

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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.”