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Parkeston: Action pledged over eyesore building

Parkeston House

Parkeston House

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Action has been promised over an eyesore building in a north Essex village.

Building work to convert Parkeston House, in Adelaide Street, Parkeston, into flats stopped after officials raised concerns about site safety.

Complaints were first made in February last year about falling debris from the site landing on the street below, and a lack of safety measures to prevent builders from falling.

The EADT reported last month how the developer Eze Kinsley had been jailed for 30 months and ordered to pay £5,000 costs following a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court after he repeatedly breached prohibition notices made by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Now Tendring District Council (TDC) has pledged to look at what steps it can take to tackle the issue, after it supported the HSE in the prosecution by providing evidence over the building’s condition.

Mick Page, leader of TDC, said: “We are monitoring the building to assess if there is any immediate danger to the public and we are looking at how we can best make it secure.

“We are also concerned that its current condition breaches building regulations and we are considering what action to take. This may well involve formal action through the courts.”

Mr Page said it was impossible to put a timescale on how long the issue will take to resolve.

He added: “However, I can assure you we are taking the situation very seriously and looking for the best way forward to tackle the matter.

“I do appreciate residents’ frustration and I hope they can appreciate there is no easy solution but we are doing what we can.

“TDC has continued to face difficulties with contacting and responses from the owner and developer, throughout their dealings with this property.”

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