EMERGENCY works are set to start on Warrington’s historic Garnett’s cabinet works tomorrow, Saturday.
Members of the town’s Civic Society are planning to keep a watching brief after beign informed none of the work will involve any demolition at this stage.
A council spokesperson said: “Following a meeting with the owners PTS, work will begin on Saturday 13 Feb under Section 78 Building Act 1984, Dangerous Building- Emergency measures, to make safe part of the chimney and removal of a collapsing gable end wall. This will be done using a high-access platform on Barbauld Street, and will not require demolition of any part of the site.
“The owners have also issued party wall notices under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996: to the relevant neighbours and we expect them to submit a planning application, and Section 80 notice imminently for their plans for the site, which the council will assess following the proper and usual process.
“We are working closely with all necessary parties, including the owners and Historic England, to look at what remediation is required to make safe the most imminently dangerous areas.
“Full demolition is not planned and we will be working very closely with the agent appointed to carry out the works on behalf of the owners of the building to ensure that any demolition is within strict guidelines.”
Civic Society Chairman John Shipley says members will be keeping a watching brief. He said it was good news that no demolition was planned and proper planning procedures would have to take place before any demolition works took place.