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Wyre Forest District Council is to step in and secure a disused school against further vandalism after owners ignored a legal deadline to complete the work last week.

The council will escalate legal action against the owners of former Sion Hill Middle School and claim back the costs of securing the site.

Earlier this month Wyre Forest District Council served site owners Kidderminster Homes of Horsham, Sussex with a Community Protection Notice demanding the building was fully secured by Friday 26th August 2016.

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

A Community Protection Warning was issued to the company on 6 July under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, 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 today (30 August) and discovered the company was in breach of the Community Protection Notice. They could now face prosecution and if convicted, fines of up to £20,000.

Councillor Ian Hardiman, cabinet member for operational services and deputy leader of Wyre Forest District Council, said: “I am personally disappointed that the owners have not taken on board our concerns and taken steps to secure the site. We are left with no choice but to continue more formal legal action.

“The company’s failure to secure the school is having a detrimental impact on the quality of life of residents living nearby.

“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.

“We can not allow this to continue so have taken the decision to secure the building ourselves – and pass on the costs of doing so to the owners.”

 




Wyre Forest District Council