Published On: Sat, Mar 22nd, 2014 on 6:10 pm

Action taken against derelict Halifax building that posed serious safety risk

Maltings Road Derelict Building

Graffiti on the walls showed that the building had been accessed

A derelict building breaking apart in Halifax that could have put people’s safety at risk has been boarded up and made safe.

Residents around the area voiced their concerns over the old brewery garage located on Maltings Road at Fountain Head Village, and inspectors were quick to go to the location.

They found that the building – deteriorating since the brewery closed in 1996 – was open and unsecured.

There was a risk of some of the brickwork collapsing and holes were found in the floor.

Graffiti on the inside walls also showed that the building had been accessed and rubbish had been dumped outside, which was previously reported to the Environmental Health team.

Inspectors boarded the building up, sealed the openings, removed a loose beam and placed a mound across the entrance to prevent easy access.

Calderdale Council notified the owner – an overseas company – before starting the work, but powers under the Building Act 1984 allowed emergency action to be taken without the owner’s consent.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Environment, Cllr Barry Collins, said: “If you own a building you are responsible for maintaining it, and we urge you to keep it in a safe condition.

“If a building is dangerous we won’t hesitate to take urgent action to make it secure, using powers we have by law.”

There has been no response from the owner of the building.

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