'Magnet for vandalism': Disused Walsall industrial units could be torn down

Disused industrial units in Brownhills which have become a magnet for vandalism could be torn down because they pose a safety risk to trespassers who target them.

An aerial view of the buildings to be demolished off Lindon Road, Brownhills. Photo: City Demolition.
An aerial view of the buildings to be demolished off Lindon Road, Brownhills. Photo: City Demolition.

JLE Ventures Ltd has submitted plans to demolish a number of the units and an office on Lindon Road and then fence off the cleared area.

The application to Walsall Council planners says the site has been plagued by people breaking and entering and stealing copper and electric cables, leaving some of the buildings in a poor state.

Fears have also been raised the safety of the trespassers as well as the general public could be at risk if action isn’t taken to stop the anti-social behaviour.

If approved, the demolition would be done in a series of phases including removing asbestos, disconnecting live services and taking down the buildings.

Agent William Brearley said: “Over the last few years, and prior to the applicant owning the site, the vacancy has led to the site becoming a focal point for vandalism, anti-social behaviour and illegal activity.

“Since the applicant purchased the site, they have experienced continual trespassing on site with vandals breaking into the secured buildings causing damage to the fabric of the buildings.

“There has also been several attempts to remove electrical cables and copper pipework to such a degree that this has now been substantially removed."

The application added: “On numerous occasions the police have been called out by local residents and businesses to attend site.

“The police have expressed concerns as to the safety of the trespassers and the general public due to the presence of live services within the buildings and the instability of some of the internal structures due to water damage and weather ingress over a prolonged period of time.

“It is not in the interests of public safety and the well being of businesses and the local community to demolish and clear the site to put a stop to this anti-social activity.

“With that in mind, the LPA (local planning authority) are asked to expedite the application, following completion of the necessary consultation process, such to ensure safe and orderly demolition works commence and are concluded as quickly as possible."

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