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Owner of former pottery targeted by vandals fined £30k and ordered to clean-up site

The owner of a derelict pottery in Hanley has been ordered to carry out repairs and clean-up the site.

Enforcement action was taken by Stoke-on-Trent City Council against Peachey Properties Limited, after the former Lord Nelson Pottery Works on Commercial Road in Hanley was repeatedly targeted by arsonists and vandals.

The firm has been fined £26,693, and ordered to pay a £2,699 victim surcharge and the council’s costs of £500.

A court order has also been issued to ensure the site can be brought back into use.

The works, which must take place within the next 12 months, include:

  • Demolishing a number of outbuildings that have been repeatedly targeted by vandals and arsonists.
  • Repairing and reinstating the exterior of all remaining buildings, including brickwork, roofing, windows and door frames, doors, glazing, guttering, sills and lintels, with accurate replicas of the original design.
  • Removing all demolition material, tyres, vegetation, rubbish and waste from the entire site.
  • Securing the site with a 2.4m high solid wooden hoarding.

 It is the second time that the authority has prosecuted the site owners, after securing court fines in January 2016.

 

Councillor Anthony Munday, cabinet member for greener city, development and leisure, said: “This prosecution sends out a tough message that we will not tolerate owners who neglect their buildings and leave them to blight our wonderful city.

 “This site has been vacant for a number of years and has been targeted by vandals and arsonists in the past. We want it tidied up, made secure and for the area to be brought back into constructive use.

 “The works sit opposite the first housing zone in the city to start being developed, a really exciting scheme that is creating new homes and bringing families to the area. It is vital that these works are completed swiftly and we can assure residents that we are taking action to see that it does.”

Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage said: “We’re serious about protecting our city’s heritage buildings – it’s an issue I have campaigned on for some time. At the end of last year we created a list of historically important buildings that we are looking at as a priority to see preserved and restored.

 “In this case, the original site dates back to 1758, and the Nelson works built a significant reputation for their manufacture of jugs. The site has an important place in Stoke-on-Trent’s history.

 “We vowed that we would contact and work with private landowners as much as possible to make this happen. Enforcement action is a last resort, but we can and will use it, if it means our city’s significant buildings can be restored and communities improved.”

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