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Residents say enough is enough over fly-tipping at derelict Harold Hill pub

PUBLISHED: 15:00 10 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:12 10 August 2017

The Pompadours pub in Harold Hill

The Pompadours pub in Harold Hill

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Residents say they have had enough of piles of rubbish abandoned at a derelict pub that has stood empty for more than a year.

The Pompadours, in Edenhall Road, Harold Hill, served its last pint in March 2016 and has been standing empty ever since.

But for the past 16 months, residents have had to put up with unexplained fires, squatters and now fly-tipping.

Staciey Deal, a Hilldene Avenue resident, says the pub’s location on a busy intersection of three residential roads, makes it a prime location for people to illegally dump rubbish.

She told the Recorder: “You see it every day, walking past of a morning you can pretty much pick out what rubbish wasn’t there yesterday.

“The council are doing a fair bit recently, they’ve been down and cleared it a couple of times, but surely it’s about time someone actually reopened the pub or something?”

And Michael Sathawat, who lives less than 100 yards from the entrance to the pub car park on Bridgwater Road, agreed that something had to be done soon.

“It’s getting to the point now where it’s really having an effect on the area – if you were a stranger just driving through you’d look at it and think this is a rough area, there’s weeds everywhere, smashed bottles and piles of dumped furniture.

“It’s a horrible mess.”

A vocal campaign was launched to prevent the pub’s historic building being bulldozed to make way for a block of 25 flats when plans were filed in 2015.

Havering Council officers refused those plans after they were labelled “excessively dense” – days after a residents’ protest.

When the pub closed in 2016, travellers occupied the site for around 24 hours, leaving piles of rubbish in their wake.

In May 2016, an outhouse that had stood empty for two months was gutted by an unexplained fire, and just four months later firefighters were called out to the pub twice in one night to tackle fires on the supposedly empty first floor.

In both cases, residents believe squatters were to blame, though this was not confirmed by the London Fire Brigade.

Time to build council homes on old Pompadours site: Letters pages 26 & 27.

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