Developers quizzed over security measures taken at former Fisons site
PUBLISHED: 07:30 09 May 2019
Questions have been posed to the developers of the former Fisons factory in Bramford after a serious fire destroyed the site's listed building.
Firefighters were called to the former fertiliser factory in the early hours of Monday morning.
Nearby residents had to be evacuated from their homes after the blaze spread across the wooden structure and destroyed the listed part of the site known as the North Warehouse.
It was the second fire at the site in less than a month after crews were called to a smaller blaze in the former worker's cottages in April.
Mid Suffolk District Council took the site's developers, Paper Mill Lane Properties, to court in January to ensure that the building was made secure.
They were given until July 28 to ensure that the site had been made secure to the satisfaction of Mid Suffolk.
Council chiefs met with the developers on Tuesday to discuss the future of the building.
The council confirmed that the owners had agreed to carry out work to reduce the danger being immediately posed by the fire.
The developers were posed 11 questions by this newspaper on Wednesday regarding their previous work on the site and the how they intend to secure it going forward:
Could you outline your plans for the former Fisons site following the fire?
Why didn't work begin after planning permission was granted?
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Were there problems with decontamination?
Were you aware that gas canisters were on the site?
Why were they there?
Prior to the court hearing in January, what safety and security arrangements did you have in place at the site?
Since the court order was made, what further safety and security arrangements have you put in place at the site?
There have been many fires at the site in recent years. Is there more you could've done to secure the area?
What will now happen to the remains of the listed buildings?
How long do you envision work taking at the site now?
Will you be supporting residents who have been affected by the fire?
Despite multiple efforts, at the time of going to print the developers, Paper Mill Lane Properties, had not responded to the questions.