* Photo by Kageaki Smith. Rubble and decay: The site of the former Sonesta Beach  Hotel is strewn with debris and shattered glass.
* Photo by Kageaki Smith. Rubble and decay: The site of the former Sonesta Beach Hotel is strewn with debris and shattered glass.
Old shipping containers, builder's rubble and decaying construction equipment litter the old Sonesta Beach Hotel site.

Where once tourists lapped up the best Bermuda had to offer in beaches and hospitality, rubbish and shattered glass lie in piles.

The owners of nearby businesses have branded the site off South Road in Southampton as an "eye-sore".

But Scout Real Estate Capital, which owns the land, would not say when the wasteland would be tidied up or when building of the new Southampton Beach Resort would begin.

Anthony Faries, who is the manager of Henry VIII's Pantry, which overlooks the site, called on the owners to just "clean it up".

He said: "We have been waiting for them to start building for so long now it would be just nice if they cleaned it up.

"It could be used as a park for fishing or flying kites if it was just given a good tidy up. Instead it just looks awful and it's definitely concerning to people in the area.

"It seems such a waste to be left rotting like that.

"There's rubbish and piles of building rubble from when the old hotel was destroyed.

"It would be nice to know what is going on too - we have not heard from the developers about what is happening for ages."

Local MP Zane DeSilva also admitted the site "does not look good".

He added: "The trouble is it is owned by a private company and can not therefore just be cleaned up or opened up as a park by anyone.

"It needs to be done by Scout and everyone knows in the current climate developers are struggling to get projects off the ground.

"I have not been inundated by constituents telling me of their concern for this site and how bad it looks.

"I'm still hopeful that the hotel project will go ahead - but it's all uncertain at the moment."

The Bermuda Sun contacted Scout to ask if any progress had been made in the construction process or whether the company would consider cleaning up the site. But Susan Hardin, director of finance, said the firm had no comment to make.