A number of people have rightly raised concerns about the derelict former Co-op building on Ashton Road. The building was subject to a compulsory purchase order as part of the Langtree retail and leisure scheme for the former Oldham Batteries site.
Last year, Tameside Council secured the CPO powers after a public inquiry, and only requires Langtree to ask (and reimburse) Tameside to use their powers. Sadly, it now appears Langtree have stepped away from the retail scheme and so do not wish to secure the site on Ashton Road, leaving the town centre with a complete eyesore on a prominent gateway.
Having raised the state of the building with Tameside Council, who in turn have served the owner of the building with a dilapidation legal notice. Below is the most recent update from Tameside Council, which I wanted to share with you:
“We served the Section 79 Ruinous and Dilapidated Building Notice on the owner of the building (Mr XXX) on 20th January 2015. This notice requires him to either carry out repairs to the building to bring it back to an acceptable condition or alternatively to demolish it within a period of 6 months from service.
There was a right of appeal to the Magistrates Court against the notice within the first 28 days of service (by 17/2/15), but this has now passed and we have not received any notification from the courts of an appeal.
Therefore, the notice is now effective and we will have to wait until 20th July 2015 to see if Mr XXX complies or not.
He did ring to acknowledge receipt of the notice and advised us that he was discussing the options with his builder and would get back to us.
If we have not received any feedback from Mr XXX by the end of March 2015, we will give him a chase up to try and establish his intentions.”
Clearly I am keen for the building to be brought back into a reasonable condition IF the land is no-longer required for the Oldham’s Batteries retail scheme which Langtree now appears to have walked away from. I will continue to keep you updated on this matter and also on the planning issues surrounding the wider site.