Derelict buildings in Bournemouth are a “dangerous” health hazard and could damage economy

Bournemouth Echo: HAZARD: Emergency services at the scene of a fire at a derelict house in Wellington Road HAZARD: Emergency services at the scene of a fire at a derelict house in Wellington Road

DERELICT buildings in Bournemouth are a “dangerous” health hazard which could put people’s lives at risk and damage tourism, according to the Deputy Mayor.

Cllr Phil Stanley Watts voiced his fears about the “major fire risk” after hearing how three people were rescued when a blaze tore through a derelict house in Wellington Road.

The house had been earmarked for demolition and residents said the property had been regularly used by homeless people and squatters.

He said: “The issue of derelict buildings has come to the fore with the fire at an empty property in Wellington Road which nearly claimed the lives of three people but for the prompt action of the Dorset Fire and Rescue Service.

“I would like to see more being done to address the problem of derelict housing and urge a change in the law as they are a dangerous health and safety problem which destroys our area and quality of life.”

Hoteliers have also raised concerns about the fire risk and squatter break-ins at the derelict Woodcroft Hotel in Gervis Road which was boarded up last year.

The Deputy Mayor said he believes derelict buildings are an “eyesore” which could significantly damage tourism in Bournemouth.

He said: “Seeing so many derelict buildings would definitely not project a good image of the town to tourists and we rely so heavily on the tourism industry.”

Bournemouth council can serve different types of enforcement notices requiring refurbishment or repair and with an option for demolition in extreme cases.

Cabinet Member for Transport, Cleaning and Waste, Michael Filer said: “We would have no grounds to serve a notice just because the property was empty or occupies by squatters.”

In Bournemouth there are approximately 3,000 empty properties at any one time and the council has developed an Empty Homes Strategy to bring these back into use.

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1:06pm Wed 8 Jan 14

BmthNewshound says...

"The Deputy Mayor said he believes derelict buildings are an “eyesore” which could significantly damage tourism in Bournemouth."
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And the proposed zip-wire attraction and tacky S&D Leisure rip off "attractions" are not an eyesore ? The Councils tourism policies and dodgy partnerships have caused far greater damage to the towns tourism industry than a handful of derelict buildings.
"The Deputy Mayor said he believes derelict buildings are an “eyesore” which could significantly damage tourism in Bournemouth." . And the proposed zip-wire attraction and tacky S&D Leisure rip off "attractions" are not an eyesore ? The Councils tourism policies and dodgy partnerships have caused far greater damage to the towns tourism industry than a handful of derelict buildings. BmthNewshound

1:13pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Dorset Outsider says...

The properties wouldn't be as much of,a risk if the homeless people inside were given better facilities to keep them alive in cold weather. They nearly died by staying warm so they wouldn't die. Surely the issue is,a lot more than 'an eyesore'. Disgusting attitude when people are in need.
The properties wouldn't be as much of,a risk if the homeless people inside were given better facilities to keep them alive in cold weather. They nearly died by staying warm so they wouldn't die. Surely the issue is,a lot more than 'an eyesore'. Disgusting attitude when people are in need. Dorset Outsider

1:26pm Wed 8 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

People in very fragile glass houses really should not..

Bournemouth's eyesore derelict or near derelict sites and areas which do come to mind include the Imax building site, the Boscombe Surf Reef site (in and out the sea), the Exeter Road Car Park site (38 years and still going strong), increasingly much of the former Town Centre and of course northern Boscombe - all directly or indirectly because of his Council's policies and failures.

So yes, he has a point!
People in very fragile glass houses really should not.. Bournemouth's eyesore derelict or near derelict sites and areas which do come to mind include the Imax building site, the Boscombe Surf Reef site (in and out the sea), the Exeter Road Car Park site (38 years and still going strong), increasingly much of the former Town Centre and of course northern Boscombe - all directly or indirectly because of his Council's policies and failures. So yes, he has a point! muscliffman

1:33pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Derf says...

Don't the council own the derelict surf reef?
Don't the council own the derelict surf reef? Derf

2:04pm Wed 8 Jan 14

skydriver says...

I think the time has come to get rid of these outdated mayoral systems in our country, as is it's time to have councillors in office for no more than 5 years after that they make way for new blood , unless they have done a good job, most of the present people have been littering the council offices for too long.
That applies to all areas around here not just Bournemouth.
Better still do we need all these different councils? The jury is still out on this question,
I think the time has come to get rid of these outdated mayoral systems in our country, as is it's time to have councillors in office for no more than 5 years after that they make way for new blood , unless they have done a good job, most of the present people have been littering the council offices for too long. That applies to all areas around here not just Bournemouth. Better still do we need all these different councils? The jury is still out on this question, skydriver

2:25pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Bob49 says...

whereas in Boscombe the landlord could claim around £400 per month for each room for such an eyesore

hurrah for hypocricy

and trebles all round old boy
whereas in Boscombe the landlord could claim around £400 per month for each room for such an eyesore hurrah for hypocricy and trebles all round old boy Bob49

3:18pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Maiseymo says...

It's some of the new builds that are an eyesore - eg the new student accommodation currently being built in Madeira Road - inflicting this on a residential area is crass to say the least. It must be possible to utilise some of the derelict buildings - or convert some of the many empty office blocks into living accommodation.
Maiseymo
It's some of the new builds that are an eyesore - eg the new student accommodation currently being built in Madeira Road - inflicting this on a residential area is crass to say the least. It must be possible to utilise some of the derelict buildings - or convert some of the many empty office blocks into living accommodation. Maiseymo Maiseymo

10:03pm Wed 8 Jan 14

glendower2909 says...

Derelict and dangerous!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!! Hmmmmmmm let me think has the Castlepoint car park been signed off by building control yet. I believe not as it is still a danger and defo derelict.

Get your own house in order chaps before lecturing others.
Derelict and dangerous!!!!!!!!!!! !!!! Hmmmmmmm let me think has the Castlepoint car park been signed off by building control yet. I believe not as it is still a danger and defo derelict. Get your own house in order chaps before lecturing others. glendower2909

7:11am Fri 10 Jan 14

Phixer says...

Bournemouth Borough councillors are a “dangerous” health hazard which could put people’s lives at risk and damage tourism, according to the taxpayers of this borough.
Bournemouth Borough councillors are a “dangerous” health hazard which could put people’s lives at risk and damage tourism, according to the taxpayers of this borough. Phixer

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