FEARS that the owners of a derelict Ilkeston store, infested with dead pigeons, had simply hid the problem from public view by painting the windows white were allayed by the council this week.
Erewash Borough Council slapped a notice on the door of Woolworths in Bath Street in March ordering its owners to clean up after two dead pigeons had been clearly visible through the window for weeks.
Labour councillor John Frudd noticed on Friday that workmen had whitewashed all the windows and feared they had not taken necessary steps to secure the building from further infestation.
But a council spokesman said: “The agents for the owners have been in and cleared the dead pigeons and secured the premises.”
Cllr Frudd, Labour’s new shadow member for regeneration, said he would be keeping an eye on the building.
“Woolworths is very concerning,” he said.
“I will be pursuing it quite vigorously.”
Dozens of readers have contacted us about the state of the building, which has stood empty for more than three years.