Property owner fined for failing to make vital repairs

THE owner of a property in Barrow’s Central Conservation Area has been fined for failing to undertake vital repairs to the building.

Steven Anderson, of Bramble House, Hetton Le Hill, Tyne and Wear, was served with a Section 215 Notice under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in February 2022 in relation to The Cry - a building he owns at 26-32 Cornwallis Street, Barrow.  

Mr Anderson pleaded guilty in Barrow Magistrates Court on Monday, November 14, for failing to comply with the notice. As a result, the court ordered that he be fined £600, pay a contribution towards legal costs of £1,000 and a victim surcharge of £60.

The Cry, a former bar and nightclub, sits within Barrow’s High Street Heritage Action Zone and the Central Barrow Conservation Area, which is deemed ‘at risk’ by Historic England.

The Section 215 Notice had required the owner to carry out external works of repair and maintenance including guttering, downpipes and defective slates, plus repair of the first floor bay window. 

There was no appeal to the notice and no significant improvement to the building within the time frame it covered.

Councillor Ann Thomson, the leader of Barrow Borough Council, said: “The council has been concerned for a number of years about the deterioration of the building and the impact this has had on both the immediate and wider area.

“The council is keen to work with property owners and dialogue with them is always the first port of call.

“However, where this fails to result in action, the only option is to serve a legal notice.”