Supermarket site 'deplorable'

PEOPLE in a Suffolk town could be put at risk today because a site earmarked for a large development has fallen into disrepair, according to councillors.

PEOPLE in a Suffolk town could be put at risk today because a site earmarked for a large development has fallen into disrepair, according to councillors.

Hadleigh Town Council believes the Brett Works site, formerly used as industrial land, has become a blight on the landscape and it wants someone to clean up the litter and graffiti as well as make crumbling buildings safe.

The site near Haldeigh's riverside walk, which is close to the town centre, has been bought by Tesco but controversy remains about the supermarket giant's bid to build a new store in the town.

Meanwhile the site is not being used at the moment which is why the council is worried is will become a haven for vandals.

Councillor David Grutchfield said: “We've got a river here; this should be a beautiful site. But there is litter, rubbish, smashed glass everywhere. It is deplorable.”

In a letter to Babergh District Council the town council said: “The town council is becoming increasingly concerned about the untidy and unsatisfactory appearance of the buildings on the Brett Work site.

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“Furthermore the buildings are a potential danger for those entering the site.

“As a matter of urgency we ask that the council considers requiring the owner to take action to immediately tidy the site.”

However a spokeswoman for the district council said it was not within the district council's powers to take action to clear the site.

She added: “It was noted that the site could be made more secure. Tesco has now agreed to attend to this.”

And a spokesman for Tesco added: “If there are things we can do on the site we are willing to look into that.”

n Do you think something should be done to clear up the site? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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