Major clean up of ‘eyesore’ Mexborough estate

Councillor David Holland, is appealing for the derelict former housing site off Pitt Street, Mexborough, to be redeveloped as it has become an eyesore . Picture: Marie Caley S0789MC
Councillor David Holland, is appealing for the derelict former housing site off Pitt Street, Mexborough, to be redeveloped as it has become an eyesore . Picture: Marie Caley S0789MC

A derelict housing estate which has become a magnet for flytippers is to be cleaned up after following pressure by residents.

Councillors say the Windhill Estate in Mexborough has been left to rot since more than 100 homes were cleared from the site a few years ago.

New homes were due to be built there as part of the Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder Programme but the scheme was abandoned due to Government funding cuts in March 2011.

The vacant land has since become strewn with litter but workmen from St Leger Homes are to clean up the site over the coming weeks.

Ward councillor David Holland said he was relieved that the work would finally start this week as members had been lobbying Doncaster Council for some time to get workmen on site.

He added: “This site has become a major hazard as well as an eyesore. One of the local tenants’ and residents’ associations offered to clean it up but we couldn’t let that happen as there may be all sorts of ‘nasties’ lurking in the undergrowth.”

Ward members have had initial talks with council chiefs over the possibility of applying for funding to build new houses on the estate.

A Doncaster Council spokesman said the clean up work had started but no decision had yet been made as to the future use of the land.