Councillor Garry Perry has sought to reassure residents near Mouse Hill after a disused shop was found to have 200 cannabis plants growing there.
He said he had been inundated with calls from concerned residents because the property is said not to be adequately secured, attracting people who are trying to access the store via the roof.
“Understandably given the usually peaceful location this is causing concern,” he said.
Coun Perry has referred the matter to the anti-social behaviour team and has contacted the void sites and buildings group. He is also looking to see if the tree at the rear of the building could be removed because it was being used to access the roof. Meetings between council officials and police are also being organised.
“Ideally if we can get access to the owner we will seek out his intentions for the site and try to establish bringing it back into a form of use whether that be a shop or dwelling,” he said.
“I fully understand, appreciate and support the concerns of local residents and will continue to pursue all avenues to bring some control to the situation.”