Dangers posed by derelict hotel sites
A Westcountry MP has met with a Government minister to discuss the dangers posed by eyesore derelict hotel sites in his constituency.
Stephen Gilbert, the Liberal Democrat MP for Newquay, met with communities and local government minister, Stephen Williams, yesterday to discuss the issue affecting the coastal town.
Mr Gilbert, who last week hit the national headlines for his role in rescuing a woman from Thames, asked the Government to support Cornwall Council in taking action against site owners.
Mr Williams promised to provide information about the options available to the council and to put local council officers in contact with their counterparts who have used their powers successfully elsewhere.
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The MP and minister also discussed existing government funds which could benefit Newquay if the sites are brought back into use
Mr Gilbert said: "I was delighted to meet the Minister and discuss this important issue for Newquay. As a resident of the town, I see first-hand the impact that these derelict sites are having on our community and I know from speaking to the emergency services, local councillors and other officials about the danger to life that the sites pose.
"I am hopeful that the Minister's support will have an impact and see Cornwall Council take the necessary action against the owners of the site. We all want to see the sites brought back to use and to make our town safe for all, I look forward to working with the council and the government to make that happen