Hereford fire site faces enforcement action

Council takes action over fire site

Council takes action over fire site

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HEREFORDSHIRE Council is to take enforcement action to restore the scene of  one of the county’s biggest ever fires.

Properties destroyed or damaged by the blaze in High Town, Hereford, have still not been re-built four years on.

One of  the stores, River Island, is to re-locate to the city’s Old Market development next month.

Today, the council confirmed that it was to take enforcement action against the owner of the properties, requiring restoration to a specified standard.

The council has held extensive discussions with the owner to encourage repairs.

These talks brought about the protection of the historic elements of the buildings that will be retained in a new development scheme, which was backed by planners shortly after the fire.

However, no further fundamental rebuilding and restoration work has taken place since.

Outstanding insurance claims said to have stopped the work were settled in June last year.

The previous March, the Hereford Times reported that the council was not going take enforcement action to speed up re-development at the site.

Then, the council said enforcement would be “inappropriate” given apparent complexities over insurance issues.

The blaze that ripped through the former River Island and Card Factory stores in October 2010 was one of the biggest ever in the county, but the site has been sealed off since.

The condition of the buildings - branded a “blot” on the city centre - was raised at the full council meeting in July by Cllr Brian Wilcox.

Specific concern was expressed over the scaffolding and boarding at the site.

Then, Cllr Philip Price, cabinet member for infrastructure, said that the scaffolding around the front of the site had an appropriate licence and was safeguarding the façade from collapse.

The façade is to be retained as part of the approved rebuilding scheme.

Officers, said Cllr Price had inspected the site and were satisfied that it was secure with the “historic elements” protected from wind and water.

Members were told that the key to the rebuilding of the property rested with its letting on the commercial market.

Councillors heard, at that time, that the option for enforcement action was open should  relevant talks not prove fruitful.

  

 

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2:49pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Ubique1 says...

Thinking - about time too, it's a disgrace -and HCC are part of the disgrace!
Thinking - about time too, it's a disgrace -and HCC are part of the disgrace! Ubique1
  • Score: 15

2:53pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Ubique1 says...

If it happened in 2010 it's 4 years not 5 .

It's a disgrace and part of the disgrace is HCC involvement in the delay in enforcing the rebuilding of this prime site - and not keeping the public up to speed on what's happening
If it happened in 2010 it's 4 years not 5 . It's a disgrace and part of the disgrace is HCC involvement in the delay in enforcing the rebuilding of this prime site - and not keeping the public up to speed on what's happening Ubique1
  • Score: 10

2:54pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Ubique1 says...

Oh Dear , some delay in the first comment going on so I thought it had denied .
Oh Dear , some delay in the first comment going on so I thought it had denied . Ubique1
  • Score: 0

3:57pm Fri 22 Aug 14

megilleland says...

Bit of a contradiction between the first sentence to this article:

"HEREFORDSHIRE Council is to take enforcement action to restore the scene of one of the county’s biggest ever fires".

and the last sentence:

"Councillors heard that the option for enforcement action was open should relevant talks not prove fruitful".

So no immediate enforcement action to resolve the problem - I thought so.
Bit of a contradiction between the first sentence to this article: "HEREFORDSHIRE Council is to take enforcement action to restore the scene of one of the county’s biggest ever fires". and the last sentence: "Councillors heard that the option for enforcement action was open should relevant talks not prove fruitful". So no immediate enforcement action to resolve the problem - I thought so. megilleland
  • Score: 13

4:44pm Fri 22 Aug 14

fmrbill says...

me smells electioneering here for may 2015 by the nasty party TORIES to late your out then may 2015 )))))))) hahahaha wiped out if there is justice for the way u have run this secreative behind the scenes administration. for the grace of god and herefordshire be off with you
me smells electioneering here for may 2015 by the nasty party TORIES to late your out then may 2015 )))))))) hahahaha wiped out if there is justice for the way u have run this secreative behind the scenes administration. for the grace of god and herefordshire be off with you fmrbill
  • Score: 15

5:52pm Fri 22 Aug 14

probono says...

About time too. And where have the City Council been in all this ? Far too quiet these days for my liking
About time too. And where have the City Council been in all this ? Far too quiet these days for my liking probono
  • Score: 8

11:16pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Mr.Herefordian says...

This fiasco has nothing to do with the City Council, it's just incompetence as usual from the Tory Cabinet.
This fiasco has nothing to do with the City Council, it's just incompetence as usual from the Tory Cabinet. Mr.Herefordian
  • Score: 7

11:09am Sat 23 Aug 14

Ivor P says...

https://www.facebook
.com/groups/60710983
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https://www.facebook .com/groups/60710983 9345509/ Ivor P
  • Score: 1

6:59pm Sat 23 Aug 14

saidflo says...

Was about to say "About time!"

Then read the last bit. So contradictory. Who knows if something will be done?

Is the tide turning for Hereford?

Talk of putting a stop to the Tory cabinet, loos re-opened, library still open (but with cuts), grass cut, what next?

- redevelopment that enhances the "real" city centre would be really nice please.
Plus an end to the council employing dodgy high flyers - that choice bunch, some of whom appear to have a dicey suspicious background of fraudulent behaviour, would be my top choice.
Was about to say "About time!" Then read the last bit. So contradictory. Who knows if something will be done? Is the tide turning for Hereford? Talk of putting a stop to the Tory cabinet, loos re-opened, library still open (but with cuts), grass cut, what next? - redevelopment that enhances the "real" city centre would be really nice please. Plus an end to the council employing dodgy high flyers - that choice bunch, some of whom appear to have a dicey suspicious background of fraudulent behaviour, would be my top choice. saidflo
  • Score: 6
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