Old Steam Mill – Demolition On The Horizon!

IMG_6009 Phil Bateman BBC Radio InterviewThis morning let me update you on the news around the Old Steam Mill. Today Thursday 9/July. I was invited to comment on the BBC  Radio WM Adrian Goldberg Show about the demolition announcements made by Wolverhampton City Council yesterday.  Wow! the log jam has certainly burst now with regard to the action being taken around this derelict and unsafe building! Whilst there has been some criticism made by individuals. The fact that the building is to be made safe by demolition, will be greeted I think by the majority of people as being a positive.

Here is the latest news released by the City Council Deputy Leader! IMG_6006 Corn hill with BBC 19-6-15

Wolverhampton City Council has today (Wednesday 8 July, 2015) served notice of its intention to demolish the former Steam Mill at Corn Hill.

The Grade II-listed building is in a poor state of repair following a fire in 2008 and due to safety concerns the council enforced an exclusion zone around the building.

Structural engineers’ reports to ascertain the structural integrity of the building have been completed, confirming it cannot be safely repaired and is dangerous.

The council has therefore moved swiftly under powers in Section 78 of the Building Act 1984 to allow demolition, with the Wolverhampton Interchange Partnership instructing Balfour Beatty to carry out the process.

Councillor Peter Bilson, Wolverhampton City Council’s Cabinet Member for City Assets, said: “The council takes very seriously its responsibility to protect Wolverhampton’s heritage.

“It is sad news that such a historic building has to be pulled down – but unfortunately it is beyond repair and poses a serious danger to the public.

“It is our duty to make the area safe and once demolition is complete we will be able to re-open Corn Hill.

“The site also sits within the Interchange project area and will further enhance the scheme, which includes a new-look public transport hub with refurbished railway station, as well as office, retail and leisure development, as a gateway to the city.”

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more

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