You may remember that a week or so ago the Eye showed that bits of masonry had fallen off one of the buildings fronting the A30 in the town centre. Nothing desperate – unless you were unlucky enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Anyway, we reported the problem to the borough council. And someone has taken prompt action; there’s now wire mesh protruding from the building to catch any further small bits and pieces. So, well done both of them.
Except… a mess has been left on the pavement. What a shame.
It now seems highly likely that the grand plans to redevelop this part of the town have fallen through completely. So, are we stuck with collapsing buildings for the foreseeable future? Well, it must be at least two years ago that the borough council decided that it could use compulsory purchase to acquire shops in the development area. Surely it could use those powers now? The market value of a derelict building in a run-down parade of shops can’t be very high, so what’s stopping the council?