Safety fears over town eyesore

Safety fears over this empty shop in High Street, Holbeach.
Safety fears over this empty shop in High Street, Holbeach.
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A Holbeach resident has raised fears over the safety of a derelict town centre building that has stood empty for several years.

Val Davey urged parish councillors to put pressure on the owners of the former takeaway in High Street to carry out repairs because of the potential danger it poses to pedestrians.

At a council meeting in Holbeach last week, Mrs Davey called the building “structurally unsound” and warned that passers-by could be at risk from loose brickwork or roofing in the event of bad weather.

She said: “I’ve lived in Holbeach for about six months and I think it’s quite a nice little town, but I’m concerned about the empty building on High Street which is in an absolutely dreadful state.

“It has some very nasty cracks in the masonry and it’s obvious to me that it’s structurally unsound, but I’ve no idea how long the building has been in that state.

“To my mind, it only needs a really severe wind to blow for a couple of days and if it hits the building in the right direction, it could bring bits of it down on someone.”

Mrs Davey said South Holland District Council should order the owners to repair the property before someone is seriously injured.

She added: “I understand that if nothing is done about a damaged building, the council can move in with an enforcement order and it’s important for someone to act on this.”

Nick Worth, deputy leader of South Holland District Council, said: “The building has been reported to us and we’re currently working with the owners to get a conservation grant for work to be done on it.

“It may then become an enforcement issue if they don’t do some work with the grant.”