WARRINGTON Borough Council came under a lot of criticism again this week following the demolition of another “historic” building in the town centre.
To be fair to the council, the building involved in Cairo Street was in private ownership and had become so badly dilapidated it had become a danger to the public.
The end result was an emergency demolition order being served on the owners, who carried out the demolition work at their own expense.
Over the years this kind of situation has happened far too often and as a result a lot of historic buildings have been lost.
What really needs to happen is the council taking action to ensure the owners of buildings are enforced to ensure buildings are kept secure and maintained, to a reasonable standard.
This is where the system is falling down – and I suspect the reason for this is the lack of manpower to police the situation.
So if you see a building you believe to be in danger of demolition due to lack of care I suggest you contact the borough council directly to report your concerns or contact your local councillor and ask them to intervene.
Then hopefully we can try and ensure the safety of what remains of our town’s history.
Hopefully by flagging these concerns historic buildings in danger of being demolished can be saved before it is too late.
Concerns can be reported online via the council’s website here https://www.warrington.gov.uk/forms/form/304/en/dangerous_structures