Vandal-hit units to be demolished

Empty industrial buildings which have been plagued by vandals and left unsafe will be torn down in Brownhills.

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

Walsall Council planners have given the go-ahead to JLE Ventures Ltd to demolish a number of units and an old office on Lindon Road and then fence off the cleared area.

In their application, representatives for the company said people have been breaking and entering and stealing copper and electric cables from the site.

They added the attacks had left the structures in such a poor condition that they now even posed a safety risk to trespassers who were targeting them as well as the general public.

Now permission has been obtained, demolition will be carried out in phases including the removal of asbestos, disconnecting any live services and then 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.

“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 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.

“I trust the LPA has everything they need to make a determination but should you require any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the earliest opportunity.”

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