Two councils are trying to make contact with the owners of a building in Fleetwood which has become a major eyesore in the town centre.
The former Store Twenty One premises on Lord Street is the largest shop unit in the town centre and was once the most prestigious store.
For many years it housed Fleetwood’s much-heralded M&S store and in later years there was Hitchens and then the Store Twenty One outlet, selling clothes and various items for the home.
But when Store Twenty One closed in late 2016, no other occupant came forward to use the building.
Since then it has deteriorated, with its shopfront a patchwork of cracked windows and wooden boards.
Eighteen months ago a rusty sign fell down and smashed onto the pavement below and could have injured pedestrians, and before Christmas a huge cannabis farm was discovered on the first floor.
Shopkeepers, residents and councillors have called for action.
At a previous Fleetwood Town Council hearing an open discussion had taken place on the problems of finding the leaseholder or owner of the building and trying to deal with the problems it was causing.
A report written for the latest meeting of Fleetwood Town Council stated: “Several councillors advised there were problems locating the leaseholder as it had moved through various organisations/charities who were not responding to Wyre Council’s enquiries or who could not be traced.”
There was speculation for some time that the building was owned by M&S, but the high street chain denied it was the owner.