A COUNCILLOR is appealing to the owner of the former Green Dragon pub to claim responsibility before it becomes "more of an eyesore and falls into further disrepair".

Last month, a fire ravaged the former pub on Gartons Lane in an act being treated as "suspected arson".

The blaze left the building a burnt out shell, with the roof totally destroyed by the flames.

Weeks on, residents want to know what will happen with the building, which holds a prominent position on the corner with Jubits Lane.

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Newly elected Bold councillor David O'Keefe says the onus is on the owners of the building.

The Green Party councillor said: "This is, I think, the fourth time this pub has been set alight and as reported at the time it also ended up serving as a cannabis den.

"This is a prominent building, which when active as a pub was a key part of the community, now sadly becoming more of an eyesore and falling into further disrepair.

"I know the responsibility is not on the council as it is privately owned, and the council has made sure the surrounding area is safe, so I appeal to the owner to do more with this building.

"We don't as a community want yet another fire to take place in our area, do something. It is amazing it is still standing, a true testament to the craftsmanship that went into its construction, but sadly more needs doing now to secure it, save it or knock it down.

"It is a real shame."