ANGRY traders in Dewsbury have again accused Kirklees Council chiefs of leaving the Westgate area to rot.
The derelict former Continental Cafe building has been draped in scaffolding for nearly three years.
Meanwhile, there are loose paving stones from outside the HSBC Bank down through Westgate.
One trader, who did not want to be named, said he believes the discredited Stayton Group still owns the Continental Cafe building.
He added: “Kirklees made Main Exchange (now Guns ‘N’ Roses) replace their windows and made Sketches paint their building.
“Will Kirklees ever do the same to Stayton, or are they frightened because they think they’re too powerful?
“At one time we were told the building would be flats upstairs and the ground floor kept for shops. But nothing’s happened.”
Business in the area has also fallen since the McDonald’s restaurant on the corner of Church Street closed last year.
He said: “McDonald’s seemed to be a reason why people came to this side of town and we benefited from passing trade that’s now disappeared.”
Another trader, who also wanted to remain anonymous, said loose paving stones are an accident waiting to happen.
He said: “You can see why Kirklees gets so much stick when they don’t even maintain the basic fabric of the town.
“The pavement from HSBC down is an absolute disgrace. There’s broken paving stones everywhere.”
He added: “There's one paving stone outside the entrance to HSBC that sticks out by at least two inches.
“It rocks about when you stand on it.
“I dread to think what would happen if an old person tripped on it.”