A VACANT shop which had decayed into a high street eyesore has reopened.
The former Basics shop on Victoria Street in the centre of Holmfirth had been empty for around seven years and had become a blight to surrounding businesses.
But the shop has now reopened as Premier Discounts, selling essentials and alcoholic drinks.
And it is much to the relief of councillors and businesses.
Holme Valley South councillor Ken Sims said: “Obviously it’s nice to see it come back into use after all these years. Let’s hope it stays open.
“We had to keep putting pressure on the owner because of the problems the empty building was causing.
“There is a need for cheaper convenience goods when times are tough and we hope it’s a success.”
The previously vacant unit had fallen into disrepair with rotten woodwork and cracked pipes.
Neighbouring businesses had reported problems including wildlife allegedly living inside the shop.
Some repairs were made after a section 215 notice – which forces a landlord to carry out repairs to a property – was issued by Kirklees Council to the landlord.
But the unit was still considered to be a blight by business owners and shoppers.
Under a section 215 order a landlord can be fined up to £1,000 a day by magistrates until satisfactory work is completed.
Alternatively, a council may repair the property and bill the landlord for the costs.