AN EVESHAM landmark which has been left dilapidated and run-down for years is finally being restored to its former glory.
A major project has begun to transform the former Park View Hotel on Waterside into five homes as part of an extensive restoration of the site.
The former hotel has been left empty since the devastating floods of 2007 which saw the building fall into disrepair becoming a target for vandalism and anti-social behaviour.
Councillors gave the go ahead to the project back in December 2013 and since then Wychavon District Council have been working with the owners to get the work started to bring the building back into use.
And nearly two years after permission was granted, contractors have now entered the site to begin preparing for the revamp to begin.
The front of the building will be getting a face lift as it’s returned to its former grandeur with replacement of the sash-style windows and renovation of the inside of the property.
It’s hoped the much-anticipated restoration of the former Waterside hotel will take 10 months to complete, weather permitting.
Bal Padda, project manager, said: “Evesham has been very good to me and I wanted to put something back.
“Waterside is one of the best views in Evesham and this building is an eyesore so I’m looking forward to restoring it to its former glory.
“There have been a lot of issues to contend with but I’m really looking forward to getting on with it now.”
Former town mayor and Chairman of Town Regeneration and Economy Advisory Panel, Coun Charlie Homer, said: “I’m absolutely delighted, it’s been a long time coming.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing the end product.”
As part of the Port Street Heritage scheme, Wychavon has been supporting the project to restore the blighted Waterside landscape.
Coun Richard Morris, portfolio holder for economy and housing, said: “I’m delighted to see work starting on this development as I know this has been a cause for concern for many residents and businesses in Evesham for a number of years.
“It will hugely improve the appearance of Waterside, which is an important backdrop to the many festivals and events which take place in the town, as well as create a highly attractive and distinctive building,” he added.
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