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Developers have been ordered to fully secure the former Sion Hill Middle School in Kidderminster by the end of next week or face potential fines of up to £20,000.

Wyre Forest District Council has served developers Kidderminster Homes of Horsham, Sussex with a Community Protection Notice demanding the building is fully secured by Friday 26th August 2016.

The building has become a magnet for anti social behaviour with repeated break-ins due to insufficient security measures.

WFDC has been monitoring nuisance suffered by local residents and is using powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 to force developers to take action.

A Community Protection Warning was issued to the company on 6 July requiring windows, doors and other points of access to be boarded up and perimeter fences and panels erected before 22 July.

Officers visited the site on 8 August and discovered the company was in breach of the warning notice and now they have served them with a Community Protection Notice.

If they fail to carry out the work by 26 August they could face prosecution and if convicted, be fined up to a maximum of £20,000.

Councillor Ian Hardiman, cabinet member for operational services and deputy leader of Wyre Forest District Council, said: “The company’s failure to secure the school is having a detrimental impact on the quality of life of residents living nearby.

“We always try to work with developers but if they fail to take the necessary action then we will use the powers we have to force them to act responsibly in the interest of our local communities.

“The lack of action in this instance has not only created problems for residents, it’s also put unnecessary strain on local emergency services, with several incidents of arson.

“If the work we have demanded is not completed we have the right to carry it out ourselves and charge the company. I hope the building is secured by the deadline we have given.”

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