Call for action over arson eyesore in Keighley neighbourrhood

Councillor Abid Hussain at the fire damaged building on Lawkholme Lane

Councillor Abid Hussain at the fire damaged building on Lawkholme Lane

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by

A Keighley neighbourhood remains blighted by the remnants of a burned down building, nearly four months after it was first hit by an arson attack.

People living close to the wrecked property at the junction of Lawkholme Lane and Grange Street are calling for action to resolve the situation.

Justin Taylor, 41, of Wren Street, said: “I’d like it to be pulled down, because it’s an eyesore. If this was anywhere else they would have knocked it down by now.”

The gutted property, which had housed a clothing storage area and a snooker hall, was first hit by a major blaze in the early hours of New Year’s Eve 2013.

Less than a week later what was left of the building was destroyed by a second fire. A fire service spokesman said both incidents were being treated as suspected arson.

Today, the building is still in ruins, with the roof and some of the outer walls lying in piles of rubble.

Keighley Central ward councillor, Abid Hussain, said: “Local residents are very concerned about this building – it does look terrible, and it’s a matter of public safety as well.

“I think it would need to be knocked down completely, but I know the council is working very hard on getting this sorted out.”

Mr Taylor, who was forced to leave his home twice when the fires broke out, said: “I think they must be waiting for the insurance company to pay out,” he said. “But putting that fencing round it doesn’t really stop people from getting inside.”

A 34-year-old mother of five, who also lives close to the destroyed property, said: “It’s like living next to a scrapyard.”

The woman, who did not want to be named, added that having to evacuate her home twice with her young children during the fires had been a traumatic experience. She said they were reminded of it every time they see the ruins nearby.

Julian Jackson, Bradford Council’s assistant director of planning, transportation and highways, said: “In the immediate aftermath of the fire we worked with the owners to make sure that the buildings were safe and secure.

“The ongoing security of the site is the responsibility of the owners. However, we recently carried out a site inspection and reminded the owners of their responsibilities."

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12:02pm Thu 24 Apr 14

The Hoffster says...

"...I know the council is working very hard on getting this sorted out.”


Really ?

It's been nearly 5 months and still nothing's been done about it. How long does it take for an organisation such as the Council to sort this out?

If it was all in private hands, maybe it would be understandable but since it's not', those in City Hall should get off their lazy @rses and do something asap.
[quote]"...I know the council is working very hard on getting this sorted out.” [/quote] Really ? It's been nearly 5 months and still nothing's been done about it. How long does it take for an organisation such as the Council to sort this out? If it was all in private hands, maybe it would be understandable but since it's not', those in City Hall should get off their lazy @rses and do something asap. The Hoffster
  • Score: -2

12:09pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Albion. says...

The Hoffster wrote:
"...I know the council is working very hard on getting this sorted out.”


Really ?

It's been nearly 5 months and still nothing's been done about it. How long does it take for an organisation such as the Council to sort this out?

If it was all in private hands, maybe it would be understandable but since it's not', those in City Hall should get off their lazy @rses and do something asap.
It's the responsibility of the owner.
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote]"...I know the council is working very hard on getting this sorted out.” [/quote] Really ? It's been nearly 5 months and still nothing's been done about it. How long does it take for an organisation such as the Council to sort this out? If it was all in private hands, maybe it would be understandable but since it's not', those in City Hall should get off their lazy @rses and do something asap.[/p][/quote]It's the responsibility of the owner. Albion.
  • Score: 5

1:32pm Thu 24 Apr 14

The Hoffster says...

Albion. wrote:
The Hoffster wrote:
"...I know the council is working very hard on getting this sorted out.”


Really ?

It's been nearly 5 months and still nothing's been done about it. How long does it take for an organisation such as the Council to sort this out?

If it was all in private hands, maybe it would be understandable but since it's not', those in City Hall should get off their lazy @rses and do something asap.
It's the responsibility of the owner.
As mentioned, since nothing's been done for nearly 5 months now. the Council should sort it out and give the bill to the owner.

Only way it can be resolved immediately (which is what needs doing).
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote]"...I know the council is working very hard on getting this sorted out.” [/quote] Really ? It's been nearly 5 months and still nothing's been done about it. How long does it take for an organisation such as the Council to sort this out? If it was all in private hands, maybe it would be understandable but since it's not', those in City Hall should get off their lazy @rses and do something asap.[/p][/quote]It's the responsibility of the owner.[/p][/quote]As mentioned, since nothing's been done for nearly 5 months now. the Council should sort it out and give the bill to the owner. Only way it can be resolved immediately (which is what needs doing). The Hoffster
  • Score: -1

6:19pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Albion. says...

The Hoffster wrote:
Albion. wrote:
The Hoffster wrote:
"...I know the council is working very hard on getting this sorted out.”


Really ?

It's been nearly 5 months and still nothing's been done about it. How long does it take for an organisation such as the Council to sort this out?

If it was all in private hands, maybe it would be understandable but since it's not', those in City Hall should get off their lazy @rses and do something asap.
It's the responsibility of the owner.
As mentioned, since nothing's been done for nearly 5 months now. the Council should sort it out and give the bill to the owner.

Only way it can be resolved immediately (which is what needs doing).
There could be reasons such as insurance or identity of owner, that has held it up. If they do as you suggest there is very little chance of ever getting paid.
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote]"...I know the council is working very hard on getting this sorted out.” [/quote] Really ? It's been nearly 5 months and still nothing's been done about it. How long does it take for an organisation such as the Council to sort this out? If it was all in private hands, maybe it would be understandable but since it's not', those in City Hall should get off their lazy @rses and do something asap.[/p][/quote]It's the responsibility of the owner.[/p][/quote]As mentioned, since nothing's been done for nearly 5 months now. the Council should sort it out and give the bill to the owner. Only way it can be resolved immediately (which is what needs doing).[/p][/quote]There could be reasons such as insurance or identity of owner, that has held it up. If they do as you suggest there is very little chance of ever getting paid. Albion.
  • Score: 1

8:42pm Thu 24 Apr 14

steve10 says...

The public purse should NOT be used to sort out this mess it was been used to store goods and was used as a Snooker hall according to the report.
There is a owner to the property so they pay or go to court and face more financial penalties .
The public purse should NOT be used to sort out this mess it was been used to store goods and was used as a Snooker hall according to the report. There is a owner to the property so they pay or go to court and face more financial penalties . steve10
  • Score: 2

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