Monday, 22 April 2019

Old houses wrangle

A PAIR of derelict houses in Sonning Common could be compulsorily purchased.

The semi-detached properties in Peppard Road have been in a state of disrepair for almost 40 years and residents and the parish council want them to be repaired or demolished.

Speaking at a council meeting, parish clerk Philip Collings said: “We are still looking to get something done. We have established it will be possible to find out who the owners are.

“South Oxfordshire District Council has to write to [estate agent] Richard Beville. He knows who they are and could pass it on.”

District councillor Paul Harrison said he would speak to Adrian Duffield, the chief planning officer at the council.

He said: “I would love this to be sorted. It is ridiculous that these two houses have been allowed to stay like this for so long.”

Residents say the houses are an eyesore and are infested with rats and used by squatters and people taking drugs. There is also Japanese knotweed growing in the gardens.

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