Closure order granted on problem property - but well behaved tenants can stay

Vulnerable residents at a notorious property have scored a partial victory in their fight against homelessness.

Thursday, 26th July 2018, 5:11 pm
Updated Thursday, 26th July 2018, 6:12 pm
Hollinshead Street

Lancashire Police was granted a three month closure order on Chorcliffe Mews, Hollinshead Street, Chorley, which houses 23 people with long-term issues and disabilities.

There were concerns more than 20 people could potentially be made homeless if the order was allowed.

The bench at Chorley Magistrates’ Court agreed to a three month closure order - but imposed a condition that individuals ‘approved’ by the police, such as those who have not caused any issues at the address, are still allowed to access the accommodation.

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The property has had a notorious past, and in October resident Craig O’Sullivan, 40, was jailed for life after admitting murdering 30-year-old Gemma Leeming.

Carrie Gilgun, of Forbes Solicitors, which represents landlord Tariq Ahmed said: “ Some residents have not committed offences at all, or have not offended for a long time, so the order seems fair and business is able to go on as usual for them.

“We understand there are around 11 people who are not permitted to go into the address and these were advised to approach Chorley Council for assistance in finding accommodation.

“The wording of the order means a similar number are permitted to remain there.”

Many tenants at the property have drug addictions and misuse alcohol, and have caused issues locally.

Sgt Mike Moys, of Chorley Police, previously said the closure order had been planned in advance in regards to police resources to deal with potential issues arising as a result.

It is unclear if any tenants will be able to return in 12 weeks.