An Armley councillor is asking for ideas on how a dangerous derelict factory site could be put to better use.
Councillor Alice Smart visited Pennine Castings earlier this week to see the condition of the disused factory. The site recently made headlines when a 12-year-old boy was seriously injured after a fall inside the building.
Police have liaised with the Health and Safety Executive over the incident and the premises have now been secured. It’s understood the owner of the site has agreed to co-operate with Leeds City Council in maintaining the security of the building until a permanent solution can be found.
But what IS the solution?
Cllr Smart has said she will be working with council officers to find a long-term plan for the site that benefits the local community. Concerns about the security and safety of the site have been raised locally, with one resident describing the building as a ‘death trap’. Cllr Smart said:
“There are a number of problems at this site which need urgent attention including burst water pipes, rats and broken glass.
“I’ll make sure Leeds City Council are keeping up the pressure on the owner of the site to not only secure the building properly so that local residents are kept safe but also find a long-term resolution which puts the needs of the local community first.”
One local resident told The Dispatch:
“We’ve seen kids in there a lot. Problem is there’s nothing for them to do around here. Perhaps if they put some youth groups on it would help.”
Pennine Castings were originally known as Blakey’s Malleable Castings, and was formed in 1902 to produce the world-famous Blakey Shoe ‘Segs’ and Protectors. The company was dissolved in 2015.
What do you think? Is the answer greater youth provision and support in the area?
If you have any ideas for what you’d like the site on Modder Avenue to be used for, e-mail Councillor Alice Smart on firstname.lastname@example.org or post in the comments section below.