Bideford Town Council hears how work on the former Tantons Hotel began last week.

Work has begun to regenerate the former Tantons Hotel in Bideford, the town council has heard.

At its full council meeting on Thursday, Bideford Town Council was told work to remove asbestos at the derelict building had begun.

Councillor Mervyn Langmead said: “Work has started. It began in the latter part of last week.

“I have been in contact with the owner and he has now got a new contractor to do the work, which will start after the asbestos removal.”

In June last year, developer Adam Walker told how he was in a ‘stalemate’ with the Environment Agency over flood risk plans for the waterside site.

These have since been resolved, with planning permission granted to turn the former hotel into 16 town houses and flats.

Mr Walker’s vision was to transform the ‘blot’ on the entrance to Bideford.

The building has stood vacant since a fire at the hotel in May 2011.