Credit: Google Street View – Image Date – September 2018.

A Herefordshire eyesore could soon be developed following action from Herefordshire Council.

The Royal Oak in Leominster has been an eyesore in the market town for several years.

Bill Wiggin, Member of Parliament for North Herefordshire, says:

“The Royal Oak is too important for tourism and the look and feel of Leominster to be allowed to crumble.

“We need the hotel back in business to help support the tourism sector and I am delighted that Councillor Jonathan Lester, Leader of Herefordshire Council, is insisting on more inspections by Building Control to help get the building back in action.”

Bill’s comments follow Councillor Lesters announcement that, should clear timescales for remedial works not be forthcoming, enforcement action will be taken.

Bill said: “I fully support Councillor Lester’s stance and I hope that the threat of enforcement action will finally bring about the change we all want to see.

“Together with the Royal Oak, I hope that The Talbot Hotel will also raise its offering to tourists now that it is no longer housing asylum applicants.

“Tourism is vitally important to North Herefordshire and its many wonderful small businesses.

“It is about time that we are able to offer visitors somewhere comfortable to stay that reflects Leominster as a welcoming town and that complements the businesses already thriving here.”