A RETIRED couple say their Padiham home of nearly 50 years is now surrounded by an eyesore on all sides.
Great-grandparents Malcolm and Ann Hudson are furious a wall in front of their home in Russell Terrace, which collapsed in October, has still not been fixed.
The collapsed wall has only added insult to injury to the couple whose home overlooks the derelict site of the former Perseverance Mill to the back.
Mrs Hudson (67) said: “We feel like we’ve been neglected here. High winds in October blew the wall down and it was initially made safe, but the stones have since fallen back into the road. Children play on it and sometimes the stones block the road.
“We have that directly in front of our house and at the back we have the complete eyesore that is the Perseverance Mill site. It is disgsuting. All sorts of items have been dumped there including furniture, beer cans and condoms.
“My husband is 70 and we want to buy a bungalow but there is no way we can sell our house surrounded by these eyesores. We feel the council has neglected us.”
Mayor of Padiham Coun. Bob Clark desribed the Perseverance Mill site as “the biggest eysore in the borough”.
He said: “The situation is diabolical and I truly feel for the people living near this eyesore. I cry for Padiham every time I drive past that site and can fully sympathise with this couple. The town council has done all it can and it’s about time the borough council brought the owner to task.”
Joanne Swift, for Burnley Council, said: “The council has been pursuing the Perseverance site owner through the courts for some time to get the site properly cleared. It has been cleared several times, and is due to be cleared again shortly.”