A crumbling building in Leyland town centre is finally set to be demolished.
The former Shadh’s Takeaway, in Chapel Brow has been fenced off for nearly three years, but its new owners have pledged to rid Leyland of its most infamous eyesore once and for all.
The owners, who bought the property recently, and are now in discussions with South Ribble Council about securing permission to knock it down.
The council is waiting for the demolition contractors to provide information about exactly how they intend to carry out the work while ensuring the safety of neighbours and members of the public.
The owners have indicated they wish to build a new takeaway in its place, and said they hope to submit a formal planning application in the coming weeks.
Coun Cliff Hughes, the council’s cabinet member with responsibility for Strategic Planning and Housing, said: “This has gone on for far too long already, and while I’m very relieved that we’re finally seeing some progress, I’m certainly not going to get carried away at this stage.
“I will need to be assured that everything is in place to carry out this work properly and safely, so we can rid Leyland of this blot on its landscape for good.
“I’d like to thank our ward councillors for their continuing patience, perseverance and support in this matter, and I hope to be able to give the long-suffering residents of the surrounding area some overdue good news soon.”
After the underground sewer collapsed in July 2009, it was repaired relatively quickly, but the partly-collapsed takeaway remained boarded up as discussions continued between the property’s previous owners and their insurance company.
The site was repeatedly broken into and vandalised during this time, and once had a gaping hole in the with bricks and rubble spilling out on to the street.