Action taken over derelict danger pub

CALLS have been made for more repairs to be carried out on a derelict Clevedon pub after a large chunk of masonry fell from the building on to the pavement below.

For more than two years, barriers have been up around the outside of The Regent in Hill Road in an effort to protect pedestrians from pieces of stone which fall from the crumbling building.

However, Clevedon town councillors have asked for more action to be taken after Councillor Andrew Withers witnessed a 25 pound block of stone fall from the building on to the pavement and into the road.

Cllr Withers said: “The problem is water gets behind the gaps in the stonework and freezes, causing it to fall off.”

For the past three years, efforts have been made by various people interested in buying the site to contact the owner but this has proved fruitless.

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A North Somerset Council spokesman said: “We have contacted the owner and given them the chance to carry out some urgent protection repairs.

“If they say they cannot carry those out, we will get them done on their behalf and recoup the money from them. This will be done as soon as possible.”

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The council has now put up scaffolding and protective netting around The Regent so people can walk past the building safely without pieces of masonry falling to the floor.

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