Call for action after arson attack on former steelworks

Derelict building, the former Bonney Greenhalgh & Co Ltd property on Back Ashby Street, Chorley,  was set alight on Wednesday evening.

Derelict building, the former Bonney Greenhalgh & Co Ltd property on Back Ashby Street, Chorley, was set alight on Wednesday evening.

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A derelict building labelled an “eyesore” should be redeveloped says Executive Leader of Chorley Council, Alastair Bradley, after it was set alight again on Wednesday evening.

Firebugs have targeted the former Bonney Greenhalgh & Co Ltd property on Back Ashby Street, in Chorley, on several occasions and councillor Bradley says the site “drags the town down”.

“The council is very concerned as it is in a densely populated area,” he said. “We are working with the land owners to make the building safe and secure because at the moment it just attracts trouble. I know a scheme to redevelop it into social housing was on the cards and I really hope that can be resurrected becuase something needs to be done with it.”

The fire at the former steelworks, which is marked as a “risk property”, was put out by Chorley Fire Service at around 9.50pm on Wednesday evening after being spotted by a former fireighter.

And crew manager Jim Davidson has warned people of the dangers of entering derelict buildings.

Mr Davidson said the fire was “potentially very dangerous” after his crew acted swiftly to use two water pumps to extinguish the fire.

He said: “This is a property we have marked down as one which is a risk and luckily we were alerted to the fire early. It was potentially very dangerous but when we arrived the fire hadn’t had time to build and we were able to put out the relatively small fire quickly. It’s a real worry people are entering derelict buildings because there are so many dangers that could get someone hurt. I would urge the public to stay away from any derelict buildings and for any owners of the unused buildings to ensure they are safe.”