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Council fed up with Villiers site

Further notice served on owners

Members of Douglas Borough Council are at the 'end of their tether' over the state of the Villiers Square site.

The local authority has this week served a further notice on the owners of the site, which requires them to tidy the site up within 21 days.

The move follows debate during the council’s public meeting on Wednesday this week (13 June).

There, members expressed their frustration over protracted and, to date, unsuccessful negotiations with the beneficial owners, Friends Aellas Limited of Dorking in Surrey. 

The leader of the council, David Christian, says serving the notice shows members’ level of anger and frustration over a site in the heart of Douglas that is neglected and has been steadily deteriorating for more than 20 years.

Failure to comply with this notice will see the council send in a taskforce to undertake the work then seek to recover the costs from the owners.

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