A PROPERTY owner in Frederick Street claims he has been “left in limbo” over the council’s plans to acquire his buildings.
News that the council was about to utilise compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) to enable it to push ahead with its regeneration plans has been met with relief.
The council has already acquired an interest in 13 plots in the street through negotiations with landlords and owners.
But that still requires another 30 plots to be acquired.
One anonymous property owner, with more than 20 plots in the street, said his representatives had had no contact with the council for over a year.
He said: “There was an offer made four years ago but that was rejected out of hand.
“Our lives have been in limbo while we have waited to see what is going to happen.
“In a way I welcome a move towards compulsory purchase, at least some action is taking place after so long a time with nothing happening at all.”
Roger Dhillon, who owns the freehold on Frederick Wines and the adjoining former Mona’s bar and restaurant, said: “We are currently in a delicate state of negotiations and I am hoping to relocate the business elsewhere.
The council is helping us to find a suitable place to relocate to.”
Earlier this year, Kuang Seng Ku, who has run the Phoenix Cafe in the street for eight years, vowed to the Gazette he would be the “last man standing” in the street.
Mr Ku, 62, said: “I don’t want to go. This is a good business. I am too young to retire and too old to start again.
“I don’t want to go through a legal fight.
“I’ll sell up for the right price. All I want is to stay here until the bulldozers move in.”