Vow to get tough with owners of dilapidated buildings

Councillor Cynthia Ransome. Picture: Marie Caley D0121MC
Councillor Cynthia Ransome. Picture: Marie Caley D0121MC

LISTED buildings in a town will not be allowed to fall into disrepair, Doncaster Council has promised.

The council is to step up enforcement action against owners who allow Thorne’s historic sites to become run down.

The move comes after a meeting with Thorne councillor Martin Williams and Coun Cynthia Ransome, cabinet memberfor communities.

Coun Williams recently threatened the council with legal action after claiming the authority was not doing enough to protect Thorne’s heritage.

Doncaster Council is now seeking funding for conservation projects and working with the owners of empty buildings to find alternative uses. It has identified seven sites which have fallen into disrepair and will be writing to the owners.

Coun Ransome said: “These historic properties cannot be allowed to disintegrate.”

Coun Williams added: “Having met with Coun Ransome and senior officers I am hopeful that we will now see action.”