Former Sheffield pub branded an "eyesore"

The derelict Middlewood Tavern
The derelict Middlewood Tavern
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The site of a former pub has been branded an “eyesore” by councillors who have called for action.

The old Middlewood Tavern pub has stood derelict and vandalised for several years with rubble piled in the former car park.

In 2016 planning permission was granted to demolish a side extension and alter the old pub to create a new pub and restaurant with a function room, outdoor seating and car parking.

The pub closed for a long time following the devastating floods of 2007 when the road towards Oughtibridge collapsed.

The pub was cut off from passing trade, never recovered and closed shortly after.

Councillors then granted planning permission for it to be reopened as a family pub. The original plans said: “The restored pub will be aimed firmly at families, with a good-sized restaurant where previously there was only a drinking area, and also a dedicated beer garden and play area.”

But since then no work has taken place on the site and the lack of progress has frustrated both councillors.

Coun Jack Clarkson told a meeting of the planning board: “There has been no movement on this site despite me raising this issue at least three times.

“This is an eyesore with bags of rubble on a main arterial road and we have allowed the owner of this building to take his time. Can we please put some pressure on the owner?”

Councillors agreed and officers say they will look into it and report back.