Upset at town ‘eyesore’
Residents want rundown store fixed up to improve area image
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