Council aims to resolve issue of “eyesore” buildingsPublished Tuesday, 20th June 2017
Rotherham Council is looking to improve the appearance of a major route through the town centre with progress on a group of derelict buildings – described as an “eyesore”.
The buildings on Corporation Street, which include two former Indian restaurants, a nightclub and retail units, were badly damaged by fire in incidents stretching back to 2005. The Council has made a number of attempts to contact the owners of the buildings with a view to taking forward development on the sites.
Rotherham Council’s Cabinet and Commissioners are now being asked to agree a proposal to move towards compulsory purchase of the buildings, if efforts to contact the owners continue to be unsuccessful.
Cllr Denise Lelliott, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, said that the buildings had been a blight on the town centre for many years.
“These fire-damaged buildings have been a real eyesore in the town for long enough and action does need to be taken,” she said.
“Obviously we always prefer to resolve matters by talking to the owners and encouraging them to develop these sites, however if they are failing to respond to letters and phone calls over a period of time then we are prepared to move things forward,” she added.
A report which will go to Rotherham Council’s Cabinet and Commissioners Decision Making Meeting on Monday recommends that the Council looks to acquire the buildings as part of the wider regeneration of the town centre and it’s Masterplan.
The Council will continue to attempt to contact the owners of 3-7 Corporation Street to try and obtain their agreement to acquire the buildings; however officers are recommending that compulsory purchase is considered if this is unsuccessful.
The report also recommends that a partner is procured to produce a development plan for the site.