Action promised over derelict house

The house on Simpson Street, Spilsby.

The house on Simpson Street, Spilsby.

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Residents living near a derelict house in Spilsby are calling for urgent action to bring it back into use.

The semi-detached house in Simpson Street has stood empty for more than eight years and has become an eyesore according to neigbours.

Now East Lindsey District Council (ELDC) has announced it is planning to use enforced sale legislation to sell the property.

It is currently being marketed for sale through the Alford branch of chartered surveyors Willsons.

Simpson Street resident Dawn Thornley said: “It is up for sale, but it has become an eyesore and is not in very good condition at all.”

She added: “I am hoping it can get sold, but I don’t think anyone will buy it in this condition - there is too much to take on.”

Town Mayor Julia Pears has supported calls by people living on the street for action to be taken to deal with the issue. She said: “The residents suffer who live round there and not enough is being done to help them. There are concerns about vermin and the house being infested with rats.”

A spokesman for ELDC said: “The council have been in communication with the owner for a number of years following complaints from local residents. The council has twice in the last four years taken direct action in order to tidy the property following concerns from those living in the local area.

“The owner of the property has in the past marketed the site however has not been able to secure a sale. Due to the ongoing issue and the visual impact this property is having on the local area, the district council has instructed solicitors to take the matter forward using enforced sale legislation. It is hoped the council will be able to secure a sale on the property.”