A Victorian building earmarked for demolition in Cannock is costing taxpayers £100,000 a year to maintain, council bosses claimed today.
Around 1,000 people have signed a petition demanding to save 143-year-old Ivy House in Wolverhampton Road from the bulldozers.
Staffordshire County Council wants to knock down the former hospital and build 14 affordable homes. Councillor Pat Corfield said he will meet with residents to hear their views but thinks the housing plan will be more beneficial to the community.
He said: “Ivy House does not meet current regulations or standards and, due to its poor thermal properties, the building is very expensive to heat.
“It is also very costly to maintain due to its age, costing the taxpayer around £100,000 per year. Instead, new affordable housing could be built, allowing those in desperate need of a home in Cannock to be able to rent accommodation.”