Arson: Fire service attends Farnley Sports and Social Club blaze AGAIN

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A derelict former social club building in west Leeds has been targeted by arsonists AGAIN.

Four fire engines, three police cars and an ambulance attended a minor blaze at Farnley Sports and Social Club in Butt Lane just at around 9pm last night. No-one was hurt.

Residents reckon it’s at least the SEVENTH time West Yorkshire Fire Service has been called out to the derelict club since it closed last December.

As previously reported by the Dispatch, a disagreement between developers wanting to build houses on site and Leeds City Council planners was holding up the demolition of the building, which has become a regular target for vandals and anti-social behaviour.

One local resident said last night:

“It’s a waste of resources for the fire brigade. I feel for people who live nearby as it’s a right eyesore and should be demolished and it’s also a worry that someone could get hurt in there as kids can easily get in. It’d do everyone a favour if it burnt to the ground.”

Developers Farnley Sports and Social Club this week submitted a new formal planning application for demolition of the club and eight dwellings to be built on the site.

West Yorkshire Fire Service confirmed it had attended the minor fire.

Anyone with information about anti-social behaviour at the club should call police on 101.

NOTE: This article was amended on Saturday August 15 at 11am to include details of new planning application for the site.

 

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