A COUNCIL is to compulsorily purchase a dilapidated terraced house that has been the subject of 20 complaints by neighbours.

Blackburn with Darwen Council plans to buy the property at 132 Infirmary Street in Ewood ward.

Its regeneration boss Cllr Phil Riley has authorised the start of the legal process to force its sale.

An officers’ report told him: “The freehold mid-terraced property is set in a row of pre-1919 two-storey terraced houses built of stone. Externally, the property is in a poor state of repair.

“The rear yard has also been open to access for over two years and is now completely overrun with significant fly-tipping, spilling out into the rear alleyway making access impossible.

“The property owners were prosecuted on March 17, fined £300, and ordered to pay £250 but the rubbish remains at the rear.

“Substantial efforts have been made to encourage the owners to bring the property back into use."