Chipping Norton mayor calls for 'eyesore' site revamp

Derelict buildings off Spring Street in Chipping Norton The two-acre site, off Spring Street, comprises a former ambulance station, a care home and an office

Derelict buildings branded an "eyesore" in an Oxfordshire town should be redeveloped before they "fall to pieces", its mayor says.

The site, off Spring Street, Chipping Norton, which comprises a former ambulance station, care home and office, has been empty for years.

Councillor Mike Tysoe said the county council did not appear to have been very active in trying to sell the site.

But, the council said it was "very keen" to see the site developed.

A county council spokesman added the authority had been "active in seeking to achieve that objective", but would not provide further details.

Mr Tysoe said he had never seen any "for sale" boards at the site, which has become a target for vandals who have smashed windows and daubed walls with graffiti.

He added the county council had not consulted with the town council about the site for some time.

He said any development at the site should include underground parking, which the town was "desperately" in need of.

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