Action to be taken over eyesore site in Churchdown
ENFORCEMENT action has been threatened against a land owner if no action is taken to clean up an eyesore in Churchdown.
Foxes have taken up residence on waste land at 174 Cheltenham Road East since its previous owners sold the land. They had failed to get planning permission for a takeaway there, which was believed to be a Subway sandwich store.
Residents in Parton Road say foxes are now breeding on the land, with at least five cubs spotted there in recent weeks.
Tewkesbury borough councillor for Churchdown, Kay Berry, said action will be taken if the problem isn't resolved.
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"The adult foxes are getting more confident and are becoming aggressive," she said. "Some of the elderly people living there are getting quite scared now. The foxes are out of control and going through the bins so something needs to be done.
"Tewkesbury Borough Council has been very good in trying to get that area sorted out, but there is only so much it can do as it does not own the land.
"It has managed to trace the new owner who offered to clear the land up, but nothing has been done yet. We are getting desperate now as it is a real eyesore and there are health and safety concerns to consider. The best thing that could happen to the land is for new homes to be built there. If it is not sorted out, enforcement action has to be taken."
Previous owners Arkorn Developments sold the land, but planning permission for a retail unit on the land remains.
A spokesman for Churchdown Parish Council said: "Residents have become alarmed at the number of foxes and have said it has become a bit of a mess. They are concerned the land is getting very overgrown and out of control."
Tewkesbury Borough Council's development control manager Paul Skelton said: "The council's environmental health and planning enforcement teams are looking into this area of land to see if any action can be taken under respective legislation."