OWNERS of the derelict Old Roan pub have been fined just under £16,000 for letting the building turn into an eyesore.
The well known Aintree pub, on the corner of Ormskirk Road and Copy Lane, closed in August 2013 and has remained empty ever since.
There have been many false dawns for the building, including plans to reopen it as a pub, turn it into shops and most recently a Turkish restaurant, with all of these proposals failing to materialise.
The poor state of the pub and its grounds have become such an issue for local residents that Midlands-based letting agency Commercial Realty Ltd, which owns the site, was sent a Community Protection Notice (CPN) in September last year ordering them to carry out remedial works within five weeks.
When the firm failed to take action, it led to Sefton Council taking them to court and on Tuesday, August 25 they were fined £15,942.41 by magistrates.
The decision has been welcomed by local councillors Paula Murphy and Marion Atkinson, who have been pressuring Commercial Realty to take action.
Cllr Murphy said: “This is great news and sends a message to those owners of business properties who think they can get away with buying up assets then leaving them to turn into eyesores for our residents and visitors.
“The process has been a long one but with the perseverance of Sefton Council Enforcement Team and us as councillors we finally have a positive outcome for our residents.”
Councillor Marion Atkinson now wants a long term future for the pub and is asking the owners to come forward with their plans.
Cllr Atkinson said: “The Old Roan pub was my local pub for many years and it really annoys me to see it looking the way it does, I pass it every day. Unfortunately, the Turkish restaurant that was interested in the site pulled out and we’ve been left with this mess.”