Once busy club to be bulldozed

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BURNED out, vandalised and targeted by fly-tippers...

The former Foundry Working Men’s Club, on Beaumont Road North, has become an ‘eyesore’ for residents of Sheffield’s Manor Park estate.

But Sheffield Council has now stepped in and will bulldoze the building after its owners failed to comply with an enforcement notice ordering its demolition.

Officials will then encourage the owner to use the land for new housing - with the site suitable for up to 20 properties.

The demolition will cost £25,000, with funding to come from part of the council’s £3.3m windfall from the Government’s New Homes Bonus scheme, which rewards local authorities for the amount of new properties built in their area.

Marie Wood, a pensioner and member of Manor Park Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, welcomed the news.

She said: “I have a lot of good memories of being in the Foundry, and remember in its heyday you couldn’t get a seat. But since it has closed it has become an eyesore. I can’t wait to see it go - which is really sad to say.”

Angela Greenwood, manager for Sheffield Council’s East Community Assembly, said: “The cleared site would be suitable for residential development.

“It is likely to accommodate 20 dwellings, based on the density of the surrounding area. The council will continue to work with all interested parties to try to encourage new housing on the site.”

Coun Harry Harpham, cabinet member for housing at Sheffield Council, added: “The intention is to help local people, and to improve the chances of a local developer taking an interest in building new houses on the site.

“Locals have been concerned about the continuing deterioration of the property and the impact the site is having. They have told us the site is being vandalised and litter is building up.

“We have listened and are taking action.”

The council is looking to set up a wider programme of clearing derelict sites and restoring poorly maintained land and buildings, targeted at sites suitable for new housing.