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Plea for hotel plan to get moving
The derelict Royal Pier Hotel, Clevedon
The building has been vandalised and gutted by fire since its closure
A campaign is under way in Clevedon to speed up development work on a derelict seafront hotel, which has fallen into a state of disrepair.

The 19th Century Royal Pier Hotel has been broken into, vandalised and set on fire since its closure six years ago.

A petition calling for the building to be tidied up or developed has so far collected more than 1,000 signatures.

The owner, who was given permission last September to turn it into flats, has not yet been available for comment.

Campaigners say the delay in development makes a mockery of efforts by local people in 2002 to save the grade II-listed building from demolition.

'Fed up'

Subsequent planning applications have retained many of the hotel's original features.

Julia Elton, whose family were major shareholders in Clevedon Pier when it was built in 1869, said: "Everybody's getting fed up.

"After all, five or six years ago there was enormous protest at the prospect of the building being demolished.

"The idea that it was going to be pulled down was an anathema to the people of Clevedon, who had also fought to save the pier."

It's in a prime position and one of the first things people see when they come into Clevedon
Linda Strong, pier manager

Clevedon pier manager Linda Strong added: "It's a beautiful building or certainly has been in its day.

"It's in a prime position and one of the first things people see when they come into Clevedon."

A spokesman for North Somerset council said: "Planning permission was granted in September 2006 and the applicant has three years from that date to fulfil the application.

"The owner has signed an undertaking to begin doing this within two years.

"A report will be presented to our planning committee on 17 May with options for progress on this site, including an indication from the owner about when work will commence."


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