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Dulais Valley eyesore finally removed from village

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 07, 2014

Seven Sisters councillor Steve Hunt at the site

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GOING, going and gone!

A Dulais Valley eyesore left derelict for nearly 30 years has finally been torn down.

Residents in Seven Sisters have been campaigning for five years for the demolition of the old Maycliff Café, in Church Road. Hundreds signed a petition calling for the building to be razed. Now bulldozers have done the job much to their delight.

The new owner is hoping to build flats at the site.

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Seven Sisters councillor, Steve Hunt, said yesterday: “I am so pleased for the village. So many people signed the petition. Finally, something that has been in a poor state has been torn down.

“Nobody could believe it wasn’t a danger.’’

Mr Hunt said he wanted to thank everyone involved.

“It would have not been done without the support from those living by it, the village and the community council,” he said.

“It has been a team effort.

“Now there will be a nice new structure there in the near future.”

The cost of the demolition had been put at £15,000.

The landowner has sold the land to Leighton Williams, who is submitting an application for planning permission for a new development on the land.

Mr Williams, who has lived in Seven Sisters all his life, said he was looking to create affordable homes for the over 50s.

“I am looking to build one or two bedroom, environmentally sustainable homes,” he said.

“I know about the people and the history of it and was thinking of calling it the Maycliff.

“I am also proposing a plaque.”

Mr Hunt also said it would be nice for the new proposed complex to be called The Maycliff – after couple May and Cliff who ran the cafe there many years ago.

He added: “I have also said it would be nice if the local schoolchildren could design a plaque for the new build.’’

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