Talks over derelict pub hit stalemate

Councillors and police are still in talks to discourage anti social behaviour around a derelict pub in Rastrick.

At Rastrick ward forum, PC Chris Madden from the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team and Rastrick Councillor Chris Pilai said they were working hard to solve the issue around the Bramble Inn, on Holly Bank Road.

PC Madden said: “Myself, Councillor Pilai and a local builder had the go ahead by the owner to get a quote to have the building properly bricked up so youths couldn’t gain entry. “However, we haven’t managed to reach an agreement so we will discuss other options and still monitor the situation and patrol the area.”

Frustrated residents asked if there was any enforcement notices that could be applied to force the owner to brick up the property and it was wasting money and time of the police who have to continuously deal with calls to the property.

They also suggested if there was any possibility for someone else to pay for the work if the owner doesn’t want to.

However, Councillor Christine Beal, who chaired the meeting, said enforcement notices could be issued but the legal process had to be done in great detail and were very time consuming as well as costly to Calderdale’s council taxpayers.

Mags Bryson, the Lower Valley Neighbourhood co-ordinator from Calderdale Council said: “We are doing what we can to reduce the nuisance and it is about tackling the problem together.

“We will keep up the continued effort and we are not going to let it go.”

In October 2011 Calderdale Council gave outline planning permission for nine town houses and two semi detached properties to be built on the site.

In a report outlining the proposals, developers said that the empty pub had been boarded up for some time due to vandalism and thefts at the property.