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Fury over closed hotel

PUBLISHED: 11:30 19 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:33 03 March 2010

ANGRY residents have called on the new owner of a derelict hotel to reveal its plans for the buildings and grounds.

Melton Grange Residents' Association and householders have complained about the condition of the Melton Grange Hotel and the state of the grounds.

ANGRY residents have called on the new owner of a derelict hotel to reveal its plans for the buildings and grounds.

Melton Grange Residents' Association and householders have complained about the condition of the Melton Grange Hotel and the state of the grounds. They were further angered when fencing was put up across the main entrance in Melton Grange Road on the outskirts of Woodbridge.

But it remained unclear today who had bought the hotel which has changed hands twice since the original owners put it on the market in January last year.

The former hotel sign is now covered by a board and there is no indication of any redevelopment proposals. The hotel's future will play a significant role because it is close to the site of a new primary school for Woodbridge.

The residents' association called for any plans for the hotel to be assessed with the new school plan so all development proposals were considered at once and not in a piecemeal fashion.

Association secretary Jeremy Harrold, of Wilkinson Way, said: "None of the hotel grounds appear to have been looked after for six months and everything looks unsightly.

"It is in a sorry state of disrepair and, for a residential area, it is a disgrace having a building looking like that and the grounds.

"We have written to the district council to complain – there have also been others who complained – but we were told there was nothing the council could do about it."

He added: "We would strongly object if plans for the school and for the hotel are considered without there being a proper traffic survey of the area."

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