Up­set at town ‘eye­sore’

Res­i­dents want run­down store fixed up to im­prove area im­age

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Elisha Pearce

NEIGH­BOURS are sick of the di­lap­i­dated state of the old store in Mt Druitt Rd and com­plain it has be­come an eye­sore.

Once a thriv­ing busi­ness — a fresh pro­duce shop, deli store and milk bar over the years — it is now in a dreary state of dis­re­pair cov­ered in graf­fiti and sur­rounded by high grass.

A Black­town Coun­cil spokesman has con­firmed of­fi­cers will in­spect the state of the prop­erty in com­ing weeks.

Craig Arkley, 47 and his mother Clare, 77, are sick of liv­ing next to the run­down busi­ness. They have lived across from it in Berry St for years and walk or drive past it to get home.

Mr Arkley grew up with a clear view of the lo­cal gen­eral shop through the open field on the cor­ner.

Only the Coca Cola sign at the front hints at what was once a thriv­ing busi­ness.

Mr Arkley said the busi­ness had changed hands a few times over the years but he still had child­hood mem­o­ries there.

Mrs Arkley said it was time some­thing was done to make the place more pleas­ant for lo­cals.

“To have an eye­sore like this here is dis­ap­point­ing,” she said. “I don’t know how they can get away with it ac­tu­ally. We get a bad name as it is for Mt Druitt.”

Mrs Arkley said neigh­bours had been com­plain­ing about rats too.

The coun­cil spokesman said in a state­ment it had not re­cently re­ceived any for­mal com­plaints about the build­ing.

“Coun­cil of­fi­cers will con­duct an in­spec­tion and if nec­es­sary, the owner will be is­sued with an or­der to clean up the prop­erty,” he said.

“There is no cor­re­spon­dence be­tween coun­cil and the owner about fu­ture use of the prop­erty.”

Craig Arkley, with mum Clare, re­mem­bers the old boarded-up shop in Mt Druitt as his favourite lolly shop.

The for­mer deli and cor­ner shop in Mt Druitt Rd, Mt Druitt, has be­come an eye­sore, with graf­fiti, over­grown grass and weeds and a dump­ing ground for rub­bish. Pic­tures: Carmela Roche

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