MP: Name our eyesores Add your comments
Last updated at 17:23, Thursday, 21 January 2010
A “NAME AND SHAME” list of building eyesores is being drawn up by Copeland MP Jamie Reed who wants to see action taken with the help of the public.
Already on the hit list are:-
* Marchon’s former office block
* Sekers factory site, Hensingham
* The former Anchor Pub, Frizington
* Bethwaites old printer’s office, Cleator Moor
* Lowther Street former Methodist Church, Whitehaven
The MP said: “I am calling on Copeland Council, Cumbria County Council and economic development agencies to work together to demolish derelict buildings in Copeland which are spoiling public places we all enjoy.”
He goes on: “A register of property owners should be compiled so that the local authorities can work with property owners in a constructive way so that the buildings can be developed over planned timescales or compulsorily purchased in the event of no co-operation.“Too many owners are allowing buildings to fall into states of real dilapidation and this is detracting from the public spaces we all enjoy. It isn’t right and it isn’t fair.
“The Marchon office buildings are beyond a joke and a real blight upon the people who live opposite them, many of whom believe they pose a real danger.
“The Sekers factory, adjacent to schools, is appalling.
“Lowther Street Methodist Church, a beautiful building, is shocking.
“There are a series of buildings in Whitehaven, Cleator Moor, Frizington, Millom and elsewhere which can’t be allowed to stand in the state in which they are currently in. Enough is enough.”
“Local residents shouldn’t have to put up with this and action must be taken. Some buildings should be brought back into use, other eyesores should be torn down. Most people who raise the issue with me would prefer to see a barren piece of land than a rotten, dangerous building.
“Most property owners are responsible even in the difficult economic climate and they are doing the right thing by maintaining building facades and the structural integrity of the buildings, but some buildings are essentially ransom strips owned by outside developers who have no interest in our towns and villages.”
While praising the local authorities and agencies for taking past and future steps, Mr Reed said: “When the new major public investment in the new hospital, new schools and the new reactors start to take place, local commercial property prices will start to rise so Copeland council, the county council and others should take advantage of the situation now to buy up those properties which are so important to our regeneration. I want people to contact me to tell me where they believe the biggest problems are.”
The old Marchon car park is presently the subject of an on-going planning application for new houses and Copeland Council says it has already served an improvement order on the Anchor pub for something to be done otherwise it could face demolition.A £1 million plan to turn the former Lowther Street Methodist church into a nightclub has since fallen through.
The church closed in 1996 and is a grade II listed building.
First published at 15:41, Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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i personally think the council offices are a complete eyesore, they stick out like a sore thumb for miles. maybe we should rip them down
Biggest eyesores ?
The bus station garage - a lovely sight to welcome visitors
The bus station - a rubbish strewn troll hole
The robin rigg windfarm - a blight on a beautiful setting
The new flats on the dockside - rising head and shoulders above the surrounding buildings, totally out of character with the surroundings, CBC planning dept must have all been asleep when those plans were submitted.
All those yellow lines on our streets.
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