´We fear hotel inferno´
NEIGHBOURS of Newquay’s biggest eyesore building have raised concerns the former hotel could go up in flames following a spate of youths ‘rampaging’ in the derelict premises.
Bill Shearer and his wife Pat, whose house adjoins the Fistral Bay Hotel, say teenagers have managed to break into the building and have been running amok, “smashing” the furniture items that have been left in there. They believe it will only be a matter of time before a fire is lit. The concerned couple have also heard people speaking in a foreign language going in and out of the premises.
Bill telephoned the police about the matter on Thursday but does not know if any action has been taken. He is now calling for the former hotel to be boarded up again as soon as possible before a tragic accident occurs.
Bill said: “We have got a whole host of problems raising their head again. Youths have smashed their way in and have been rampaging around. We have also heard foreign voices in there.
“The building is completely wide open again. We called the police to say youths have been going in there smashing things up but have not yet heard anything. I do not even know if the police turned up.
“The doorways are supposed to be bricked up but it must have been a shoddy job if they have managed to pull it away. Some of the windows have also been knocked in. It looks like they have been pulled in from the inside.
“Everyone is up in arms about it. No one knows what the new owners are doing. It is just going on and on.
“A fire could be lit. Anything is possible now people can get in there. The people we have seen range from the ages of about 12 to 19. The ones we have heard shouting in there late at night have been speaking in a foreign language. They could be any age.”
“The worrying thing is no one seems to know what is happening. Everyone is afraid of what is going to happen. If there is a tragic incident who would be held accountable for it?”
Developer Queensbridge Homes has purchased the former Fistral Bay Hotel site and plans to build a six-storey apartment scheme containing 83 flats. The company has not set a date for demolishing the building.
Cornwall Council was previously looking to compulsorily purchase the building unless the site was developed to resolve the matter.