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Vow to finish derelict Wisbech building

G/V Constantine House in Wisbech ANL-151106-062257009
G/V Constantine House in Wisbech ANL-151106-062257009

The owner of a derelict Wisbech property has vowed to complete outstanding repairs by the end of next month.

Fenland District Council was looking to take legal action to force the owner of Constantine House to finish the job.

The council had served a section 215 notice on the owner to ensure the property is repaired.

But work stopped at the Nene Quay site, which is also known The Belfast building, in May with some work still remaining.

Council officials met with the owner on August 4.

A statement from the council said: “The owner confirmed he had committed considerable resources to the project to date and advised that he intended to substantially complete the outstanding repairs by the end of September 2015.

“The council’s primary aim is to see the building works completed and believes this is an acceptable way forward as its focus is to have this important property on the town’s streetscape completed.

“The council believes that given these circumstances the courts may not look favourably on legal action given the extensive works done by the owner to date and his renewed commitment to finishing the project.”

The building had become an eyesore in Wisbech after a devastating fire in March 2010.

Works to complete at the site include finishing off the roofing, repairing shopfronts, doors and windows, along with decorating the front and removing scaffolding.

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