Labour Councillors have written to the owners of a derelict former care home, Greathead Lodge, 41 Abbey Road, after receiving the following message from a local resident expressing concerns that are widely held in the area. Residents say;
“This former old people’s home has been left to go derelict unattended. Weeds and rubbish are piling up and probably rats too. The whole structure which has been empty for almost two years is being deliberately left to decay. Recently it was raided by the police because of squatters who had turned the five storeys into a giant marijuana nursery. The owners should be compelled to properly maintain the building.”
Labour Councillors have found out that the former care home was bought in May 2011 by a company registered in the Virgin Islands for £5.9 million.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;
“This is long-derelict property is a blight on the St John’s Wood environment and the owners should secure the building and clean it up without further delay. In the longer term, this building should be refurbished and brought back in to use as a priority. If the current owners are not willing to do so then they should sell to a housing association who can provide homes for those in housing need.”