Oct 10 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Skelmersdale Advertiser
RUBBISH, bonfires and broken glass are creating an eyesore in Birch Green and residents are demanding the council does something to clean up the site.
The former public house has become littered with bricks, building materials and household waste over the past year and the folk of Flordon are saying enough is enough.
On September 18 last year outline planning permission was granted for a single-storey extension to the side of this property, along with external alterations but so far no work has taken place and the site remains derelict.
The residents have grave concerns that the present condition of the former pub makes the appearance of the housing estate and the immediate neighbourhood look run down.
Birch Green Cllr Neil Pye raised resident’s concerns with the council and demanded that they issue an untidy site notice.
A council officer issued a statement saying: “Whilst I appreciate that residents are concerned that the site appears overgrown and the premises appear to be vacant I do not consider that it is so untidy as to warrant the issue of a S215 untidy site notice.
“Furthermore, there was a notice on the pub indicating that the premises may have been acquired as premises for a new business.
“However noting residents’ concerns, I will ensure that the site is routinely monitored during the coming months to ensure that conditions do not significantly worsen.”
Cllr Pye is in complete disagreement with the council on this matter though and is campaigning for an untidy site notice to be issued.
Cllr Pye said: “The car park is littered with broken glass from smashed beer bottles.
“There are the charred remnants of what appears to have been a bonfire.
“Scattered across the site are bricks and various other loose building materials.
“In extreme circumstances and if placed into the wrong hands, as weapons or missiles, these materials could be hurled at resident’s properties or worse still, at the residents themselves.
“There are also a number of sharp objects, as well as the odd disused shopping trolley on the site.
“The people of Flordon deserve better.”