Demolition of the derelict White Rose pub
5:20pm 25th October 2010
Demolition of the derelict White Rose pub on Cornlands Road has begun.
Workmen were on site this morning erecting safety fencing before beginning the job of salvaging materials such as roof slates.
The building walls are likely to be levelled before the end of the week.
Local Councillors Steve Galloway and Andrew Waller joined with local resident Mark Waudby in pressing for the vandalised building to be demolished.
"It represented an increasing hazard to local people and I am pleased that the new owners have finally agreed to take action", said Mark.
Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, was in York on Saturday afternoon to see for herself the issues facing residents around the White Rose pub on Cornlands Road.
The site has become a magnet for anti-social behaviour, with windows regularly smashed and local people concerned that the council has taken no action.
Ms Flint, the MP for Don Valley, was alerted to the situation with the disused pub by Dafydd Williams, one of Labour’s candidates for the area in next year’s local elections.
Labour has conducted a survey of local residents about the future of the site after hearing from individuals concerned about anti-social behaviour and the increasingly run down building.
Caroline Flint says;
“Local eyesores can really harm communities, making streets look unloved and encouraging anti-social behaviour. That in turn makes people feel less safe in the area, and so the problem grows. I was really pleased to hear about the work Dafydd and his colleagues have been doing here and I was glad to have the opportunity to visit the site myself and to speak to people who live locally about their concerns.”
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