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Plea for action over ‘dangerous’ building in Sheffield

Unsafe building at the junction of Albert Terrace road and Infirmary Road in Sheffield

Unsafe building at the junction of Albert Terrace road and Infirmary Road in Sheffield

High winds could bring the roof of a dilapidated building crashing down on to a busy road and people waiting at a Sheffield tram stop, a concerned resident has warned.

Michael Shuker, aged 65, from Upperthorpe, believes people could be killed unless action is taken.

The pensioner says he first warned Sheffield Council about the condition of the building a year ago.

Sheffield Council today said the owner has been ordered to carry out repairs.

A spokesman said: “An application was made before Sheffield Magistrates’ Court by Sheffield City Council in accordance with the provisions of the Building Act on November 28, 2013.

“The court has required the owner to undertake necessary repairs and has given the owner six weeks to do this. If the owner fails to comply we may undertake works in default.”

The building, at the corner of Albert Terrace Road and Infirmary Road, Upperthorpe, used to house the Hungry Wolf takeaway, which has moved.

Mr Shuker, a retired bus driving examiner, said it has been empty for years.

He said: “The neighbouring building had a fire and its roof collapsed. Now an attic partition above the old Hungry Wolf building has also fallen in, exposing the underside of the roof.

“We’ve been having very strong winds recently and I’m concerned that, if we have a northerly gust, the roof could be blown off on to Infirmary Road or into people waiting at the tram stop.”

Mr Shuker added that there are other ‘noticeable’ problems with the building.

He said: “A crack down the front has widened, while an upstairs window lintel has dropped down on one side. If it fell it would land on the pavement.”

 

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