A former Padiham mill site branded “the worst eyesore in the borough” could be cleaned up in a matter of weeks after the owners were hit with heavy fines.
The notorious Perseverance Mill site has proved a nightmare for neighbours – being plagued by fly-tippers, firebugs and vandals for years.
But the owners were hauled before the courts and fined nearly £6,000 in what councillors believe could be pivotal in the battle to see the site cleaned up for good.
A letter to magistrates from the defendant claimed work would start to clear the Dryden Street site in the next few weeks.
Coun. Andy Tatchell believes the heavy fine could prove a watershed moment, saying: “The court was told that work would begin in the next few weeks. If this is not done then the owner will be taken back to court in another three months.
“The standard of more than £5,000 has been set now and if the owner does not comply and start to take the stuff away then they could be facing more heavy fines.
“We have never had anything in writing before saying the site will be cleared. But now the owners have committed themselves to the court and I am fairly sure the court will take a dim view if it is not done.”
Council Leader Julie Cooper said cleaning up the site has been a top priority.
She said: “I really feel for the residents around there. If people are making life difficult for residents then we will make life difficult for them. We have taken tough action and will continue to do so.
“We’re also working hard to help the owners find a buyer who will develop the land.”