The owners of a derelict former hotel in Weston-super-Mare’s conservation area have been ordered to restore it by North Somerset Council.
According to the council, the Lynton House Hotel in Madeira Road has been empty for several years and has fallen into a “state of disrepair”, and nearby residents have complained of anti-social behaviour at the property, including trespassers starting fires.
As a result, the council has stepped in and served an enforcement notice on the owners of the property – London-based BZH Properties. The notice gives the owners six months to carry out a substantial amount of work on the dilapidated building. The required work includes:
- Cleaning, repairing and repainting all external timbers, replacing any rotten or perished timbers
- Cleaning and repainting all exterior metalwork
- Repairing damaged stone work and walls
- Replacing any lost or broken windows
- Repairing or replacing all external doors
All replacement items and materials used need to be “like for like” to match the existing ones.
Local ward member Cllr John Crockford-Hawley is the council’s heritage and regeneration champion, and said: “This dilapidated former hotel has suffered vandalism and other forms of challenging behaviour for too long. I am pleased enforcement action is now being taken to encourage a more positive appreciation of the hillside’s Victorian character.”