Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page -

CLEAR­ANCE work ap­pears un­der way in­side a con­tro­ver­sial di­lap­i­dated Run­corn eye­sore as the time left to com­ply with an un­tidy land no­tice starts to dwin­dle.

Builders were in­side East Lane House and knock­ing and bang­ing noises could be heard when the Weekly News vis­ited the build­ing on Mon­day.

East Lane House’s owner Shah Cap­i­tal was slapped with an un­tidy land no­tice on June by Hal­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil fol­low­ing pres­sure from Labour MP Mike Ames­bury.

The or­der was to come into ef­fect 28 days on from be­ing is­sued with works to be com­pleted within a fur­ther 28 days, plac­ing the ini­tial com­ple­tion date in late Au­gust.

As this dead­line loomed and passed, Hal­ton Coun­cil ex­tended the dead­line to 12 weeks from Satur­day, Septem­ber 9, mean­ing it needs to be done by De­cem­ber 2.

Mike Ames­bury, Labour MP for Weaver Vale, wrote on his Face­book page in Septem­ber that Shah Cap­i­tal had said it would com­plete the works by Novem­ber 27.

The coun­cil said the ini­tial no­tice had not been com­plied with but the com­pany had been in touch pro­vid­ing as­sur­ances that the project, which in­cludes board­ing up the win­dows and door­ways, would be done, adding that it would hold off on le­gal pro­ceed­ings.

East Lane House has been empty since 2001 or 2002, ac­cord­ing to Hal­ton Lea ward coun­cil­lor Alan Lowe who worked in the build­ing and was ‘the last one out’ when it shut.

The build­ing has been mired in con­tro­versy due to al­le­ga­tions re­lat­ing to a de­vel­op­ment com­pany that launched the ini­tial con­ver­sion plans for it two years ago while the site was un­der prior and un­con­nected own­er­ship to Mr Shah.

● Di­lap­i­dated East Lane House in Run­corn

● Work­men have ap­peared at East Lane House in Run­corn

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