‘Forced sale’ option in Earby eyesore house battle

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Pendle Council is taking “strong action” to deal with an eyesore house in Earby.

At the executive meeting councillors agreed to carry out maintenance on the house which is said to be in “very poor condition”.

Coun. David Whipp said: “The Albion Street property is causing considerable concern. Getting urgent repairs carried out and then sorting out the long term future of the house is the speediest way of dealing with the issue.”

The owner of the property had been taken to court by the council, in an attempt to get work carried out, but this has had no effect.

As a result, the council have taken the matter into their own hands and will get the work carried out directly.

A charge will be placed on the property to recover the cost. If the debt is not repaid, the house could be the subject of a forced sale.

Coun. Whipp added: “This is the best way of dealing with this problem and should eventually lead to it being a decent house in a decent area.”

Colleagues on Pendle Council’s Executive agreed with Coun. Whipp’s proposal and agreed to take appropriate action under the Building Act.