Derelict Sutton Bridge hotel now a grot spot

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A council is promising to dall all it can to ensure public safety around the Bridge Hotel, in Sutton Bridge.

The hotel was once the flagship building in the village, but it became derelict while empty and up for sale.

Repeated intrusions by vandals and squatters left a trail of damage.

Now South Holland District Council has said it will intervene.

Sutton Bridge Parish Council clerk Suzanne England said: “Demolition started last year but has not been completed – several reports have been submitted to South Holland building control concerning glass and other debris falling onto the pavement below causing a hazard to pedestrians.”

The parish council asked the district to consider serving a notice to force the owner to tidy up the site, a request pressed home at Wednesday’s full council meeting by Sutton Bridge district parish councillor Michael Booth.

Mr Booth said he considers the building to be in a dangerous condition with broken windows while a wall fronting West Bank appears unstable.

Parish council chairman John Grimwood said: “There’s no roof on it. It was the most iconic building in the village but now it has turned into a dangerous eyesore.”

A district council spokesman said: “We are currently assessing all of the options available to us in order to improve the building’s condition.

“We will also do everything within our powers to ensure the public’s safety around the site. If anyone has concerns about the building we would urge them to report these to us.”