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Security concerns raised after old Fisons site in Bramford suffers more fire damage

PUBLISHED: 15:19 11 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:19 11 April 2018

Firefighters attended a fire at the old Fisons building in Branford over the weekend. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Firefighters attended a fire at the old Fisons building in Branford over the weekend. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Questions have been asked after an iconic Suffolk landmark suffered further fire damage this weekend.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue believe the fire was started delibertately.  Picture: GREGG BROWNSuffolk Fire and Rescue believe the fire was started delibertately. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Firefighters were called to the Fisons site in Bramford on Saturday after an old security shed was found to be alight. Suffolk Fire and Rescue believe the fire was caused deliberately.

Kelvin Dakin from the Save the North Warehouse group said that after previous serious fires, security, along with flytipping, was becoming an issue at the site.

“It’s just a complete eyesore but it’s not only the damage to the listed building, it’s people going on the site,” Mr Dakin.

Mr Dakin said he had raised the issue with Mid Suffolk District Council a number of times.

This weekend's fire took place in this old security shed on the Fisons site. Picture: GREGG BROWNThis weekend's fire took place in this old security shed on the Fisons site. Picture: GREGG BROWN

A petition set up by Mr Dakin to save the buildings - which are otherwise known as the North Warehouse - has reached 124 signatures.

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.

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.”

Tom Taylor, a conservation adviser at The Victorian Society said: “We are extremely concerned to hear of this latest fire at the former Fison’s Fertiliser Factory.

“It is, of course, the responsibility of the owners to secure the site adequately, and we would strongly encourage them to do so.

“We would also urge the District Council to encourage them similarly.”

A spokesperson for Mid Suffolk District Council said: “The former Fisons plant is an important part of our local heritage, and we take our responsibility for it very seriously.

“We have already arranged to meet with the owners this week, due to concerns about the security of the site and the preservation of the buildings: this most recent incident demonstrates exactly why we need to address those concerns.

“We will work to secure the site and prevent future incidents such as this, and hope to shortly come to an agreement with the owners of how to do this going forward.”

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

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