OWNERS of a disused Sheffield social club have been forced to start work on repairs to the landmark listed building - or face prosecution.
Sheffield Council officers issued two notices against Doncaster-based Bar 24 ordering them to mend the roof and tidy the site of the former Dial House Club, on Ben Lane.
Breach of the notices could result in prosecution.
The orders followed pressure from Hillsborough councillors Steve Ayris and Joe Taylor.
Now scaffolding has been erected around the Dial House for an inspection of its condition, then work is due to start.
The building is due to be converted into housing and new homes are planned for the car park.
Coun Ayris said: “We have been battling for this local landmark to be restored to its former glory long and hard.
“So I’m delighted that we finally have some success thanks to the enforcement action we brought about.
“The developers have inspected the building and it’s worse than they thought, which isn’t surprising given that it was left for so long. They now have 16 weeks to finish the work.
“We will be watching and waiting to tackle them again if this fails to happen. The clock is ticking on Dial House.”
Work on the Dial House Court housing development, which was approved in 2005, halted in 2008 due to the economic crisis. It has restarted.
The Dial House will need rebuilding after it was severely damaged by fire while standing derelict in 2007.
Bar 24 was unavailable for comment.