Concern over ‘eyesore’ site in Sheffield

Pictured is Ray Battye,Chairman of Worrall Environment Group outside the site of the former public toilets on Haggstones Road,Worrall.
Pictured is Ray Battye,Chairman of Worrall Environment Group outside the site of the former public toilets on Haggstones Road,Worrall.
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Residents are calling on Sheffield Council to take action against the owner of former public toilets which they say are blighting their village.

Members of Worrall Environmental Group collected 309 signatures on a petition to the council over the state of the building, on Haggstones Road, Worrall.

The former toilets were closed just under a decade ago and sold to a private developer eight years ago.

Ray Battye, chairman of the group, said: “This site is in a prominent position in the centre of Worrall and has been in a state of development since about 2005.

“The building creates an area of unsightly dereliction.

“Despite assurances in September 2012 from the owner that building would recommence shortly, no such work has been undertaken and the site remains an eyesore in the village.”

Mr Battye said the owner, who lives in Bradfield, is understood to have bought the building to turn it into a shop - but has struggled to attract the money.

He added: “Next year, the Tour de France Grand Depart is scheduled to come through Worrall with the attendant local and worldwide media attention that this event generates.

“The people of the Worrall area are concerned that this half-built construction, surrounded by unattractive metal fencing, will detract from the appearance of the village.

“We have organised this petition to ask Sheffield Council to do whatever it can to ensure this site is not detrimental to the well kept village of Worrall and the wider Sheffield area, both during and after the Tour.”

The owner of the building was unavailable for comment.