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TENDRING DISTRICT COUNCIL LOOK TO BUY EYESORE PROPERTY IN DOVERCOURT

COUNCIL TO LOOK TO BUY EYESORE PROPERTY IN DOVERCOURT

An eyesore property in Dovercourt is to be bought by Tendring District Council (TDC) to help regenerate the area.

Complaints have been made to the council about the derelict state of the sites in Victoria Street for a number of years, and the authority has already carried out some clearance works using its enforcement powers.

The owners, having been contacted by TDC, said they were looking to sell the sites and invited a prior offer from the council before putting the property up for auction.

TDC’s Cabinet agreed to purchase the property, which is identified in the council’s adopted Dovercourt Revisited masterplan as a development opportunity site.

Any future use of the site would be subject to further decisions, but Cabinet’s priority is to consider new council housing. If this is not possible then the land could be used for many alternative uses.

Carlo Guglielmi, TDC Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, agree officers should go straight to negotiations with the owners and bring forward a Cabinet report on future use.

“Buying this derelict site will achieve many goals – clearing an eyesore site for local residents, tackling anti-social behaviour, and potentially adding to our housing stock, by redeveloping it in line with our vision for Dovercourt,” Cllr Guglielmi said.

“I fully support future actions by officers to begin procedures to acquire the adjoining derelict building in order to maximise benefits and to bring forward options for development.

“This is an example of the positive impact we can have on residents’ lives as a council, which I am proud to be a part of. This is very much in line with the community leadership role the council has, and with any potential plans to include this site in the recently announced Levelling Up bids for Harwich and Dovercourt.”

Cabinet agreed the decision in principle and overall terms to purchase the site, subject to contract.

17/6/22

NEWSDESKS

For more information on this news release contact Tendring District Council’s Communications Manager Will Lodge on 01255 686338.

Attached image shows the site. Picture: TDC

Notes to editors

The proposed price of purchase is commercially sensitive at this time and is therefore not publicly available.