Ltter mess is real eyesore for city

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It is a rat-infested, litter-strewn, overgrown patch of land on one of the city’s most important streets and it could be harming Sheffield’s image.

The plot is between West Bar and Bridge Street next to the Family Court and Crown Court complex and opposite the city’s biggest law firm, Irwin Mitchell.

Crucially, it is across from several empty offices, including the prestigious Crown House, and the fear is its appearance could be putting off occupiers or investors – who are badly needed in Sheffield.

It has been left untouched for several years and commercial property agents say now is the time for the council and its ‘street scene’ partners Amey to take action.

Agent Martin Crosthwaite said: “More effort needs to be put into improving the appearance of the city as a whole and this includes keeping derelict areas of land rubbish free.

“At present the priority is to maintain their flagship project areas, notably the Peace Gardens and Heart of the City and perhaps Barker’s Pool.

“The rest of the city is ignored to a great extent.”

The authority pinned up a ‘litter clearing notice’ in February demanding the site be cleared, with the threat of a £2,500 fine, addressed to owner Castlemore West Bar in Halesowen.

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A Sheffield Council spokesman said: “Price Waterhouse Coopers are the administrators for the company who owns the land and they are getting on with the clearance of the site. They started cutting back last week.

“There isn’t a default clearance for this legal notice, but as the company have made a start we will monitor their progress. The officer dealing with the site will be contacting PWC to ask for a completion date.”