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Danger alert at derelict pub site

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: March 12, 2014

By Abbey Buxton

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COMMUNITY leaders are looking to clean up an eyesore former pub which has become a danger to passing motorists and pedestrians.

The Crown pub in Tean Road at Mobberley had been a very well used watering hole before it closed its doors several years ago.

It now stands empty and derelict and has become an eye sore and danger to pedestrians and motorists passing it on a daily basis, and a potential hotspot for anti-social behaviour.

Staffordshire County Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council are looking at how they can get the area tidied up.

It comes after safety concerns were realised when metal panels surrounding the old building blew across the road and pavements during the recent high winds and storms.

Cheadle county councillor Mark Deaville said: "We all show great concern about what's happening at The Crown, which is on a main entrance to Cheadle.

"It is an eye sore, but I am more concerned that it will become a magnet and hotspot for anti-social behaviour.

"Another concern is the steel fences, which are not only unattractive, but also dangerous. The recent high winds blew them into the main road and across the pavement, causing a danger to motorists and pedestrians. We have held a meeting with the district council's community safety officer David Smith and Ben Hurst and are looking at a strategy to put it right.

"However, the difficulty in dealing with this is that it's on private land, so we first must contact the owner to find out what his intentions are."

A spokesperson for Staffordshire Moorlands District Council said that the Council will work with partners, as appropriate, to resolve issues at the property.

She added: "We will be contacting the owner to enquire about his intentions for the property before deciding the next steps."

Cheadle town mayor councillor Ian Plant raised the issue of The Crown during a recent meeting of Cheadle Town Council. He said: "The Crown is a disgrace; something should be done, but nothing seems to be happening. We don't know what's going on and whether someone has bought it, but it needs to be sorted out."

Cheadle Police also reported issues at The Crown after carrying out regular patrol.

PC Dave Stubbs said: "I can recall attending a number of times when the pub was first vacated with regards intruders re metal theft etc.

"This is an location I regularly patrol and keep an eye on, as it is a location where youths in vehicles may come and park to use drugs etc, and also to engage in romantic actions with partners.

"Colleagues and myself have regularly stopped suspicious persons and vehicles seen in the area.

"I would encourage members of the public who have any concerns to contact me direct or to report any suspicious activity as it happens to 101.

"If members of the public see anyone breaking into the premises, or suspect a crime is taking place at that time, or suspect life or property is in immediate danger, dial 999."

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