Notice served on church owners
Last updated at 12:15, Thursday, 10 October 2013
CONCERN about the state of the former Lowther Street Methodist Church, in Whitehaven, continues to mount.
An environmental health notice has been served by Copeland Council on the owners with regard to the pigeon population that now inhabits it.
The notice gives three months to clear out the pigeon muck and make the property more secure so birds can’t get in. If the owners fail to respond, the council may undertake the work itself and bill them. This type of expenditure is sometimes covered by placing a charge on the property, an amount recovered when it is sold.
Pat Graham, Copeland services director, said this week: “We know this is seen as a key building in Whitehaven and we have been managing its dilapidated state, without the co-operation of the owners, for some years now.
“Pigeons roosting in these numbers can cause all sorts of environmental problems, which is why we have served this legal notice.”
There are no orders currently lodged regarding the condition of the building itself.
The old church, which is Grade II listed, has stood empty for two decades and been up for sale for most of that time.
The council has also taken action in relation to a former newsagents on Main Street, Hensingham, which was an eyesore.
Residents had complained at a neighbourhood forum last November about the state of the property which had broken windows and weeds growing on the roof. It is in a conservation area.
Despite pressure, no improvements were made so the council itself undertook repairs and invoiced the owner. If payment is not made there will be a charge put on the property. The council also has options to force the sale or sue the owner for its costs.
George Clements, the council’s community portfolio holder, said: “If owners are unwilling to improve eyesore properties we will use our powers to ensure communities don’t have to suffer.”
First published at 11:52, Thursday, 10 October 2013
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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Funny how the council serves an environmental health notice on private owners of a building due to a pigeon problem... When they demolished the old bus station garage opposite Weatherspoons, the pigeon population and a rather large one at that obviously decided to find roosting elsewhere... Namely my back yard, which is now plastered in pigeon crap, and occasionally a dead pigeon or three, and when I contacted them about the problem i was basically told there was two tenths of sod all they could or would do... Wonder if I could serve the council with an environmental health notice??? smacks of double bloody standards to me since they caused part of the problem in the first place demoloshing the old garage
As Shelly Wilson said on the other thread, give it over to the homeless charity, y'know? The Christian thing to do.They used to have some good disco's in the basement back in the late 60s, happy days.
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