Calls to clean up Podsmead Court
PRESSURE is being applied to a developer in Podsmead to clean up its "eyesore" site.
Since health service provider Cambian bought Podsmead Court, a former care home, from Gloucestershire County Council in summer 2012, it has been left empty.
Gloucester city councillor Colin Organ (C, Tuffley), cabinet member for housing, health and leisure, is leading the charge to get the site brought up to scratch.
He said: "Since the council sold the site to Cambian it has sat empty and is becoming more of an eyesore.
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"Residents have raised it with me and I have sympathy for them. We are asking Cambian to start clearing the site as soon as possible.
"A lot of time and effort has gone into refurbishing the athletics track down there, which is right next to the Cambian site. It would be great to see this area developed and brought up to scratch, it would really complete the area."
Meanwhile, councillor Jennie Dallimore (C, Podsmead) said: "We really do need better health services here. We are actively working with the council and the NHS to see if we can improve the service in Podsmead. When this building was first put up for sale local people asked if it could be turned into a GP surgery. This is not an option on this site at the moment.
"If Cambian are not going to use this building then we should be talking about alternative uses. Just leaving it to rot is not an option."
Cambian did not return requests for a comment.