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'Eyesore' hut to be demolished

By Gurdip Thandi | Streetly | News | Published:

A disused Streetly youth building that has become a hot spot for anti-social behaviour is to be demolished to make way for extra parking spaces for a school.

The mobile building off Blackwood Road in Streetly, which is to be demolished. PIC: Google Street View

Walsall Council planners have rubber-stamped a proposal to get rid of the mobile hut based on land between Streetly Library and St Annes Primary School on Blackwood Road.

The application, made by the authority itself, will see a total of 14 new parking spaces created and also help deal with a problem building labelled an “eye sore”.

Preparatory works have been carried out on the site, after Walsall Council agreed to press ahead with the project back in February.

A total of nine of the spaces will be fenced off and allocated to the school while there will be an additional five spaces for general public use.

Jag Raan, from Walsall Council, said: “The porta-cabin is not in use and is considered an eye sore, it is in need of major refurbishment if retained.

“Anti-social behaviour has been reported in connection with the facility, as such the decision was made to demolish the porta-cabin and introduce car parking for the school.

“Following cabinet and council approval for capital projects in February 2019, preliminary works to the former Youth Club site at Streetly to demolish the existing porta-cabin and create additional car parking spaces commenced.

“The land sits between the rear of Streetly Library and St Annes Primary School. The porta-cabin covers majority of the proposed area for the proposed car park.

“There is an existing access to the site which will be retained and utilised for access to the proposed car parking spaces that will be created as part of the proposal.

“There is a footpath from Blackwood Road which connects to the school and library which will be retained and improved pedestrian links will be created to the proposed parking spaces from the school.”

Gurdip Thandi

By Gurdip Thandi
@Gurdo

Local Democracy Reporter covering Walsall.

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