Facelift for Workington eyesore pledged
Last updated at 19:34, Thursday, 05 April 2012
A tidy-up of a Workington eyesore building has been promised by Cumbria County Council after a string of complaints by residents and requests from a county councillor to take action.
The county council has since agreed to repaint the former Fieldside House building which it owns.
The building has stood empty for two years and has become a blight on the street, which is in a conservation area.
County councillor Joe Holliday, who has been campaigning to get the building tidied up, said: “It was an eyesore when I first canvassed in 2006 and it has got worse. Just because it is owned by the county council is no excuse.”
He contacted deputy county council leader Stuart Young last week to say that something should be done about the building.
Coun Holliday believes the building is on land linked to the fire station site on nearby King Street which would become surplus next year when the fire station moves to Moorclose.
He favours the possibility of using the premises to provide extra care facilities for people in the town.
He added: “They said they have been looking at alternative uses of the site, for example extra care which is something I would push for.
“It will be an ideal site for extra care because it is so close to town and the land belongs to the county council.
“I have said to the people trying to save the Richmond Park care home that we want something better for them. I don’t support closing it down without something better in place, and this could be it.”
Extra care can be in the form of owned or rented housing which provides on-site care and support for people who cannot be looked after in their own homes but who do not want to go into residential care.
Coun Young said: “The county council owns over 800 properties across the county and as budgets are squeezed it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain them all to the standard we would wish.
“However, I recognise that Fieldside House is an important building in a conservation area and needs attention.”
He added that council officers were arranging for it to be repainted.
Coun Holliday said: “They have come to realise the strength of feeling and I would hope that in the next few weeks it will be made to look a bit tidier.”
First published at 19:23, Thursday, 05 April 2012
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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they should get the construction students from the collage to renovate it
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