A collapsed Leyland takeaway which has remained like a building site for almost three years could soon be tidied up.
The Shadh takeaway on Chapel Brow has been boarded up since 2009 after a sewer collapsed underneath, leaving a huge hole in the ground.
The sewer work was resolved but talks have continued with owners of the takeaway and their insurance company to get the building fixed.
Now, it’s been revealed that an offer has been made by insurance firm Aviva to the owner, sparking hopes the eyesore site could be cleaned up this year.
Coun Cliff Hughes, cabinet member for strategic planning and housing at South Ribble Council, said: “In June, it will be the three year anniversary of the incident, and an offer has just been made by the insurance firm to the owner.
“All the council can do is put pressure on the two parties to come to an agreement, and although the offer hasn’t been accepted yet, they are in talks with each other, which is a start.
“It’s time the person who once ran a business in Leyland and the big insurance company got their acts together, because this isn’t doing anybody any good.
“But they’re not based in Leyland themselves, and this problem is causing a detriment to local residents.”
He added: “It’s such a shame because it’s a real eyesore, and it’s a disgrace that nothing has been sorted yet.
“I understand that the gap between the two parties is narrowing, and they’re hopefully edging closer to a solution.”
Coun Caleb Tomlinson, who represents Leyland Central, added: “It’s an absolute mick-take.
“I think the insurance firm has made offers in the past, but nothing has happened.
“The people behind this have no regard whatsoever for the residents living in the area, who are sick of this eyesore on their doorstep.
“It’s a ridiculous state of affairs that this hasn’t been sorted in nearly three years.”
In January, residents around Chapel Brow were up-in-arms when railing and fences securing the site were torn down by suspected vandals.
Piles of bricks and metal poles were exposed to passers-by, and the site was open to the public.
The area has since been cleaned up, but scaffolding and boards remain around the takeaway.
Aviva said it was unable to comment on specific cases, and the Guardian has been unable to contact the owner of the takeaway.
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