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Land ownership mystery holds up action on mess

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: October 17, 2012

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COUNCIL chiefs have promised to act after residents complained about the mess left behind following the construction of a restaurant — despite admitting they don’t know who owns the land.

Members of the public have been left frustrated as debris remains near Burger King, at the junction of Shobnall Road and Wellington Road, more than four months after it was built in June.

After being contacted by the Mail, East Staffordshire Borough Council said it had taken steps to ensure a clean-up operation could begin as soon as it found out who owns the land.

A major stumbling block has been determining who the land belongs to, with Burger King insisting it is not its responsibility and the council seemingly none the wiser.

The council has turned to the land registry in a bid to find the mystery owner, which should then finally allow the clean-up to take place.

Disgruntled resident Colin Brooks, of Beamhill Road, Anslow, contacted the Mail to raise his concern.

He said: “At the beginning of June this year that Burger King opened in a blaze of publicity.

“At the front you can see a modern drive-thru fast food business. What cannot be seen from the front but greets you as you drive over the Shobnall Road railway bridge, a main thoroughfare through Burton, is the eyesore that was left following the construction of the business.

“It is now more than four months since completion of the new business and the mess is still in plain view.

“It’s not a pleasant site for Burtonians, let alone visitors passing through the town.”

Restaurant manager Inga Sevecuka said she was desperate the get the problem sorted as it was having an adverse affect on her business, and said both Burger King and the council needed to work together to find a solution.

A spokesman for East Staffordshire Borough Council said: “We were advised the land adjacent to Burger King required attention.

“The service request has been passed to an officer to attend to. Our process requires us to complete a land registry search and this then allows us to serve the applicable notice if necessary.”

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  • Burton Mail  |  October 17 2012, 8:21AM

    Regardless of the ownership of the land the mess is a direct result of the burger king construction and as such should be the responsibility of burger king or it's contractors to clear up.