Plea from Sheffield MP to bring empty hotel back into use

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RESIDENTS and Sheffield MP Nick Clegg have joined forces to call for action to bring the former Hallam Tower hotel back into use.

The building, on Fulwood Road, Broomhill, has been empty since 2004 and has attracted anti-social behaviour.

Sheffield Council has ordered the owners to make repairs to address the appearance of the building and safety concerns, after pressure from residents.

But Mr Clegg, Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam, said: “While the short-term fix is welcome, Sheffield shouldn’t have to put up with this blot on the landscape for any longer.

“The decaying and vandalised building can be seen for miles around, including in areas I represent like Fulwood, Crookes and Greystones. It causes untold misery for nearby residents.”

Nearby resident Cliff Woodcraft said: “The council and the owners should work together so this eyesore does not blight the local community for another decade.”

A council spokesman said: “We have no further news on the future use or the development of the Hallam Tower building.

“Work on the building being carried out is as a result of the threat of formal planning enforcement action and the service of a notice under the Building Act.

“We understand good progress is being made.”