TWO derelict pubs are a magnet for fly-tippers and yobs, says a concerned resident.
Brian Foster, a retired call centre worker, said the Prince of Wales and The Wellington, in Ryhope Road South, Ryhope, have stood empty for four years.
People have been forcing their way into the two buildings says the 60-year-old, and he believes it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt.
“If any kids got in they could fall through the floor or it could collapse on them. Since last week someone has thrown paint over them and there have been several attempts to lever the doors open.
“They were bought by an estate agent and it is quite flimsy the security measures they have put in place.”
Brian, who has lived in Ryhope for more than 20 years, said the pubs, which are next to each other, are a magnet for fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour. “It is an accident waiting to happen,” he added.
John Finn, from Sunderland-based Jonathan T Finn estate agents, which owns the pubs, admitted they are unsightly, but hopes to transform them into homes and businesses.
He said: “I agree with the complaint regarding these properties. Both look like eyesores. We can confirm that an application for the supply and services to the properties are with energy suppliers.
“Also we now hold plans from our architects for five new shops with accommodation, as we believe that the Princes of Wales and the hotel would struggle to be re-opened.
“Those plans will be submitted to the local authority. Lastly, this afternoon we had a visit and a meeting with a metal screening company to replace the wood at the rear with metal.”