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Council could take enforcement action to safeguard listed building

PUBLISHED: 08:42 29 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:42 29 June 2018

Firefighters attended fires at the old Fisons building in Bramford earlier this year. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Firefighters attended fires at the old Fisons building in Bramford earlier this year. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Mid Suffolk District council is looking into the possibility of taking enforcement action to safeguard the former Fisons factory in Bramford.

Some of the damage at the old Fisons site. Picture: GREGG BROWNSome of the damage at the old Fisons site. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Concerns about the site’s security have been heightened in recent months after fire crews spent hours attending two serious fires at the site in less than a month.

The fires did not damage the listed structure, the north warehouse, but caused damage to other areas of the site.

Mid Suffolk District Council had previously outlined its commitment to securing the building and its heritage.

They met with the sites owners, Paper Mill Properties earlier this year to look into ways to secure the site.

It’s not the first time that concerns have been raised about the building.

Last year the site was listed on The Victorian Society’s Top 10 Endangered Buildings with the society describing it as an “important part of Victorian industrial history.”

Now, however, the Mid Suffolk have said that they are possibly looking into taking enforcement action to keep the former fertiliser factory safe.

A Mid Suffolk District Council spokesperson said: “We are in regular contact with the owner and continue to urge them to take urgent action to protect the building.

“We are, in conjunction with our legal team, considering our enforcement options to make this historic structure safe.”

Kelvin Dakin from the Save the North Warehouse campaign said that securing the site would be positive but argued that more needed to be done.

Mr Dakin said that fencing put in place at the site had been pulled back, possibly to allow unauthorised access to the site.

Mr Dakin is also concerned about the level of flytipping around the area, saying that fridges had been amongst the items dumped their in recent weeks.

“What would be would be to take action on the listed building,” said Mr Dakin.

The land was first used as a fertiliser plant by Packards in the mid 1800s.

Fisons erected a wooden warehouse which is now said to be Suffolk’s largest listed building. Fisons left the site back in 2003.

The developers, Peterborough based Paper Mill Properties were unavailable for comment.

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