AN “eyesore” property previously described as a “blot on the landscape” has been auctioned off for £265,000 and work has “already started” to improve it.

The dilapidated property at 25 Prince Avenue, Westcliff, was auctioned off by estate agents Barnard Marcus last month.

Previous owners of the property were ordered by Southend Council to carry out repairs in 2022, with an enforcement notice handed as no action was taken.

Now, work has already begun to “tidy up the site”, which has been welcomed by councillors.

Southend councillors have reacted to the news and are optimistic the property will be used more positively following the sale.

Daniel Cowan, Southend Labour leader, said: “I’m pleased that new owners have taken possession of the property.

“They’ve already started making a huge difference in tidying up the site and bringing the property back to its former glory.

“It’s going to provide a much needed family home in Southend.”

Mr Cowan said there is a need for “different types of homes in Southend to fit the needs of all residents” and hopes the property will be refurbished and then sold on the market.

He added: “I think the main benefit will come as another home will be added to the market.

“Southend needs a big mix of housing and properties should be made available for everyone.

“What we can’t have is properties that are sitting there empty and derelict.”

Neighbours have repeatedly complained about the state of the building in recent years and had called for work to take place. 

He said: “I think residents will be delighted work has started but cautious as work started in the past but had to stop for several years.

“It’s a good start there for now and hopefully residents are pleased some of the worst aspects have been taken care of.”

Southend Council and Conservatives leader Tony Cox said the property’s sale is welcome news.

He said: “Hallelujah, its an eyesore and hopefully someone will make good use of it, it’s good news it’s being sold.

“I think nearby residents will be delighted and relieved it’s been sold and hopeful work will be done soon.”

A court hearing was set for Southend Magistrates’ Court last month between the property’s previous owners and Southend Council

A spokesman for Southend Council said: “The December 13, 2023, prosecution hearing was adjourned until 2pm on 26 January 2024 at Southend Magistrates’ Court. As the case is ongoing, it would not be appropriate for the council to comment further at this time.”