WARRINGTON Civic Society has welcomed the decision by the borough council to purchase the old Garnett’s Cabinet works site which has fallen into disrepair in recent years.
The Civic Society sees the purchase as being in the best interests of the town and look forward to a sensitive development of the Conservation Area site.
Chairman John Shipley said: “We are confident that the full planning process will be followed and that the change in ownership will bring an improved approach to the security and safety of the buildings.”
Warrington Borough Council’s executive board unanimously approved a plan for Warrington & Co to buy the currently unused site in Warrington town centre, which features the iconic Garnett’s Water Tower feature on the town’s skyline.
It was necessary to buy this site as part of the wider developments on Time Square and Bridge Street but also as a matter of public safety as the building had fallen into considerable disrepair.
All funds used to buy the site will come from Warrington Borough Council’s capital funding programme.
The site has steadily fallen into disrepair under the ownership of Scotland based PTS Property services.
Earlier this year a 13-year-old boy was seriously injured after falling off the roof of the building.