Residents demand action over ‘eyesore’ pub site at Heaton

Residents and members of Heaton Township Association (from left) Ian Baxter, Susan Binns-Hall, Barbara Ball, Mary Gilmartin, Sonja McNally, Sue Brown and Deb Ball at the site of the former Fountain Inn

Residents and members of Heaton Township Association (from left) Ian Baxter, Susan Binns-Hall, Barbara Ball, Mary Gilmartin, Sonja McNally, Sue Brown and Deb Ball at the site of the former Fountain Inn

First published in Bradford

Angry villagers are demanding action over the state of a disused pub in Bradford.

They want an end to uncertainty about the fate of the Fountain Inn at Heaton.

At the very least, Heaton Township Association is calling for a full-scale clean-up of the site.

However, the owner insists he is trying to maintain the site, but that his efforts are constantly foiled by vandals.

The old pub has been a source of concern for some time. In 2012, residents voiced fears about the historic inn falling into ruin.

Bradford Council was asked to take action, but at the time a spokesman said the authority would ‘review the situation if the building deteriorates’.

Association chairman Sonja McNally said: “A number of residents have complained about the state of the site. It is an absolute disgrace and getting worse.

“We want this sorting out. There are serious concerns within the community.”

In 2009, Mahboob Alam was granted permission to change the use of the pub into a dwelling on condition work began within three years, but that deadline passed and it was understood Mr Alam sold the property.

In 2012, it was reported that the building’s owners could not afford to convert it at that time.

Mrs McNally said: “Ideally, we would like to see the site used for social housing as there is a need for that in this area. At the very least, let’s have a clean-up. It is sadly neglected and a real eyesore. The uncertainty is making matters worse.”

She said water had been knee-deep in the cellar, rubbish was being dumped and there were reports of drug-taking at the site. The building is owned by Hayaan Developments of Shann Street, Bradford. Its director, Bilal Mulla, said he was doing his best to keep the site clear.

“I have spent thousands of pounds securing the property, but vandals keep getting in,” he said. “There is fly-tipping and other problems.

“I am trying to get the money together to develop the site as housing and have spoken to a few developers about this. I still intend to put homes on that site.”

He urged residents to report any sightings of tipping, vandalism or any other crime to police or the Council and said he would be happy to talk to anyone with concerns about the site.

In October 2009, planning permission was granted for four houses on the site and a change of use for the former pub to become a home. Neither application included permission to demolish the building.

Built in 1856, the Fountain was once the home of Bradford City Supporters Club. At one point, it actually had a fountain in it.

Historically, it was popular with the farming community because of its closeness to Wharfedale Farmers Auction Mart.

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7:54am Mon 17 Feb 14

holden caulfield says...

spent many evenings there is the 70's, one of the few decent pints of Websters in Bradford
spent many evenings there is the 70's, one of the few decent pints of Websters in Bradford holden caulfield
  • Score: 7

9:32am Mon 17 Feb 14

northern pig says...

The social housing comment is negative.What is the point . when the vast majority of tennants won't be paying any rent!!!
The social housing comment is negative.What is the point . when the vast majority of tennants won't be paying any rent!!! northern pig
  • Score: 1

4:16pm Mon 17 Feb 14

mad matt says...

I used that pub regularly until one day, the landlord refused to serve me in my working clothes, they weren't dirty, just obviously working clobber. Then he said he wanted suited businessmen in there with nice cars - I had an old Fiesta at the time. needless to say, I told him exactly where he could stick his beer!
Incidentally, I was always under the impression that the name "Fountain" was because of the spring which feeds the horse-trough across the road from the pub.
I used that pub regularly until one day, the landlord refused to serve me in my working clothes, they weren't dirty, just obviously working clobber. Then he said he wanted suited businessmen in there with nice cars - I had an old Fiesta at the time. needless to say, I told him exactly where he could stick his beer! Incidentally, I was always under the impression that the name "Fountain" was because of the spring which feeds the horse-trough across the road from the pub. mad matt
  • Score: 5

4:20pm Mon 17 Feb 14

The Hoffster says...

Freddy Elliot wrote:
Those people in the photo don't look like the more familiar residents of Heaton. I'm confident the building will sell more carpet remnants than pints in the future.
You silly Islamophobe.
[quote][p][bold]Freddy Elliot[/bold] wrote: Those people in the photo don't look like the more familiar residents of Heaton. I'm confident the building will sell more carpet remnants than pints in the future.[/p][/quote]You silly Islamophobe. The Hoffster
  • Score: -6

5:46pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Freddy Elliot says...

The Hoffster wrote:
Freddy Elliot wrote: Those people in the photo don't look like the more familiar residents of Heaton. I'm confident the building will sell more carpet remnants than pints in the future.
You silly Islamophobe.
Sorry Mr. Patel.
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Freddy Elliot[/bold] wrote: Those people in the photo don't look like the more familiar residents of Heaton. I'm confident the building will sell more carpet remnants than pints in the future.[/p][/quote]You silly Islamophobe.[/p][/quote]Sorry Mr. Patel. Freddy Elliot
  • Score: 5

6:19pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Bradford56 says...

Freddy Elliot wrote:
Those people in the photo don't look like the more familiar residents of Heaton. I'm confident the building will sell more carpet remnants than pints in the future.
How rude are you. If you don't mind, I'm a resident of Heaton which is a lovely place to live. Keep your inappropriate comments to yourself in future!
[quote][p][bold]Freddy Elliot[/bold] wrote: Those people in the photo don't look like the more familiar residents of Heaton. I'm confident the building will sell more carpet remnants than pints in the future.[/p][/quote]How rude are you. If you don't mind, I'm a resident of Heaton which is a lovely place to live. Keep your inappropriate comments to yourself in future! Bradford56
  • Score: -1

6:26pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Freddy Elliot says...

Bradford56 wrote:
Freddy Elliot wrote: Those people in the photo don't look like the more familiar residents of Heaton. I'm confident the building will sell more carpet remnants than pints in the future.
How rude are you. If you don't mind, I'm a resident of Heaton which is a lovely place to live. Keep your inappropriate comments to yourself in future!
Apologies to Mr. Khan.
[quote][p][bold]Bradford56[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Freddy Elliot[/bold] wrote: Those people in the photo don't look like the more familiar residents of Heaton. I'm confident the building will sell more carpet remnants than pints in the future.[/p][/quote]How rude are you. If you don't mind, I'm a resident of Heaton which is a lovely place to live. Keep your inappropriate comments to yourself in future![/p][/quote]Apologies to Mr. Khan. Freddy Elliot
  • Score: 5

6:35pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Bradford56 says...

Freddy Elliot wrote:
Bradford56 wrote:
Freddy Elliot wrote: Those people in the photo don't look like the more familiar residents of Heaton. I'm confident the building will sell more carpet remnants than pints in the future.
How rude are you. If you don't mind, I'm a resident of Heaton which is a lovely place to live. Keep your inappropriate comments to yourself in future!
Apologies to Mr. Khan.
Grow up. Obviously you have no idea!
[quote][p][bold]Freddy Elliot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bradford56[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Freddy Elliot[/bold] wrote: Those people in the photo don't look like the more familiar residents of Heaton. I'm confident the building will sell more carpet remnants than pints in the future.[/p][/quote]How rude are you. If you don't mind, I'm a resident of Heaton which is a lovely place to live. Keep your inappropriate comments to yourself in future![/p][/quote]Apologies to Mr. Khan.[/p][/quote]Grow up. Obviously you have no idea! Bradford56
  • Score: -1

6:49pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Freddy Elliot says...

And to Raz.
And to Raz. Freddy Elliot
  • Score: 3

7:50pm Mon 17 Feb 14

The Hoffster says...

Freddy Elliot wrote:
The Hoffster wrote:
Freddy Elliot wrote: Those people in the photo don't look like the more familiar residents of Heaton. I'm confident the building will sell more carpet remnants than pints in the future.
You silly Islamophobe.
Sorry Mr. Patel.
That's ok.
[quote][p][bold]Freddy Elliot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Freddy Elliot[/bold] wrote: Those people in the photo don't look like the more familiar residents of Heaton. I'm confident the building will sell more carpet remnants than pints in the future.[/p][/quote]You silly Islamophobe.[/p][/quote]Sorry Mr. Patel.[/p][/quote]That's ok. The Hoffster
  • Score: 2

10:32pm Mon 17 Feb 14

wobbley-bob says...

Bradford56 wrote:
Freddy Elliot wrote:
Those people in the photo don't look like the more familiar residents of Heaton. I'm confident the building will sell more carpet remnants than pints in the future.
How rude are you. If you don't mind, I'm a resident of Heaton which is a lovely place to live. Keep your inappropriate comments to yourself in future!
What's the fare from BRI to Idle, and how much is a tin of Kitticat please?
[quote][p][bold]Bradford56[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Freddy Elliot[/bold] wrote: Those people in the photo don't look like the more familiar residents of Heaton. I'm confident the building will sell more carpet remnants than pints in the future.[/p][/quote]How rude are you. If you don't mind, I'm a resident of Heaton which is a lovely place to live. Keep your inappropriate comments to yourself in future![/p][/quote]What's the fare from BRI to Idle, and how much is a tin of Kitticat please? wobbley-bob
  • Score: 3

12:15pm Tue 18 Feb 14

PNT says...

With ownership comes responsibility.

The owners have blamed everybody and his cat for this state of affairs.

Whoever owns it should look after it.
With ownership comes responsibility. The owners have blamed everybody and his cat for this state of affairs. Whoever owns it should look after it. PNT
  • Score: 3

1:56pm Tue 18 Feb 14

eccythump says...

The council should stop selling properties like this to 'the usual suspects'. Who promise to develop them, but never deliver. The understanding should be that if you buy, you build. Straight away, no messing, not within a number of YEARS ! They should have to prove they have the wherewithal to start work, or they should not be allowed to purchase.
The council should stop selling properties like this to 'the usual suspects'. Who promise to develop them, but never deliver. The understanding should be that if you buy, you build. Straight away, no messing, not within a number of YEARS ! They should have to prove they have the wherewithal to start work, or they should not be allowed to purchase. eccythump
  • Score: 2

8:08pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Bradford56 says...

wobbley-bob wrote:
Bradford56 wrote:
Freddy Elliot wrote:
Those people in the photo don't look like the more familiar residents of Heaton. I'm confident the building will sell more carpet remnants than pints in the future.
How rude are you. If you don't mind, I'm a resident of Heaton which is a lovely place to live. Keep your inappropriate comments to yourself in future!
What's the fare from BRI to Idle, and how much is a tin of Kitticat please?
I wouldn't know as I don't use taxis, unless I'm out at the weekend having a meal and a few drinks. I have my own car and avoid Idle/Thorpe Edge/Ravenscliffe areas to be honest. Also my cats are rather fussy and will only eat Waitrose own brand. At a push they don't mind Whiskas but wouldn't eat the cheap stuff which you've quoted.!
[quote][p][bold]wobbley-bob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bradford56[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Freddy Elliot[/bold] wrote: Those people in the photo don't look like the more familiar residents of Heaton. I'm confident the building will sell more carpet remnants than pints in the future.[/p][/quote]How rude are you. If you don't mind, I'm a resident of Heaton which is a lovely place to live. Keep your inappropriate comments to yourself in future![/p][/quote]What's the fare from BRI to Idle, and how much is a tin of Kitticat please?[/p][/quote]I wouldn't know as I don't use taxis, unless I'm out at the weekend having a meal and a few drinks. I have my own car and avoid Idle/Thorpe Edge/Ravenscliffe areas to be honest. Also my cats are rather fussy and will only eat Waitrose own brand. At a push they don't mind Whiskas but wouldn't eat the cheap stuff which you've quoted.! Bradford56
  • Score: 1

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