Derelict hotel - neighbours call for an urgent clean-up
PUBLISHED: 16:00 11 June 2011
THE mystery new owner of a crumbling-down hotel in Weston has been called upon to rid the site of squatters and rats for the sake of public safety.
Once one of the town’s most famous hotels, The Bayside Hotel, in Upper Church Road, now stands in ruin after it closed five years ago.
The hotel, opened originally as the Cairo Lodge in the 1930s, has squatters living inside and is reportedly full of wild animals including cats and rats.
Last week, Avon Fire and Rescue crews were called to the site to tackle a late-night fire, believed to have been started by people inside.
Gary Hiskey, owner of the Bella Vista Hotel in Upper Church Road, called on the Bayside owner to take action to protect the building ‘before it goes up in flames’.
The hotel was set for redevelopment two years ago, but after the previous owner went into liquidation it was sold on by administrators to a new owner earlier this year.
Mr Hiskey said: “We’ve heard rumours about the new owner but nothing has yet happened to the hotel.
“The problem is, the longer this goes on, the harder it is going to be to turn the place back into a hotel, something we all want down here.
“At the moment, it is not only causing a health hazard, but it is also putting off customers to this area.”
David Vickers, owner of the neighbouring Highlea Hotel in Upper Church Road, said: “I think we all want to see the site sorted out as soon as possible.”
The 32-bedroom hotel’s state of disrepair has already caused problems after North Somerset Council was forced to close Highbury Road after tiles fell from its roof two years ago.
It marks a sad demise for the hotel,which was touted as one of the best places to stay in the town.
Beneath the reception area was one of only two water wells in the country which filled and emptied as the tide came in and out.
But, today, floorboards, windows and furniture are all missing and it is surrounded by two metre-high fencing.
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