Work has started at Constantine House in Wisbech this morning (Monday, November 30) just a few days before the owners were due in court.
Fenland District Council were looking to launch a prosecution after repair works set out in a Section 215 Notice had not been completed by the October 26 deadline.
But officers have now agreed to adjourn the case for four weeks as the owners hope to have repairs finished by Christmas.
Welcoming the move, Cllr David Oliver,cabinet member for dilapidated buildings and enforcement, said: “This is good news, coming as it does after many months of inactivity on the site.
“When we announced earlier this month that we were going ahead with our prosecution, we said that we still hoped the owners would comply with the order before the matter went to court.
“Now they are finally taking steps to do that. They have confirmed that funds are in place to complete the remedial works required by the Section 215 Notice and that those works should be finished by Christmas.
“Our enforcement team was on site this morning to check that work had indeed started and we will obviously be continuing to monitor the situation closely.”
The case is still scheduled to be heard at King’s Lynn Magistrates Court on Wednesday [December 2]. However, the council has today [November 30] written to the court agreeing for it to be adjourned for four weeks to give the owners time to complete the works and for the council to do the necessary inspections.
The contractors started work today (November 30) on the works required by the Section 215 Notice. These include installing windows missing from the front of the building and the re-roofing of the building’s rear section.