Work on redeveloping an eyesore site which has blighted Leyland town centre for nearly five years has been welcomed.

The former Shadh’s Takeaway in Chapel Brow was fenced off after a sewer collapsed in July 2009 and was subsequently partially demolished in 2012, with planning permission being granted later that year for a rebuild.

The site had been a concern to the council, nearby residents and businesses for a long time as it had attracted anti-social behaviour.

Building work has been on-going at the site, but work is now nearly complete on the street level takeaway and first floor office space.

Councillor Cliff Hughes, South Ribble Borough Council’s cabinet member for strategic planning and housing, said: “This has been an issue for residents, shoppers and traders for quite some time, and I am delighted to finally see that building work is nearly complete at the site in Chapel Brow.

“I’m grateful to local ward councillors past and present for their support in doing everything possible to bring this to a conclusion, as well as all of the interested parties who have worked with us.”