Maccess building demolished ‘by February’

Last Thursday's fire at Maccess.
Last Thursday's fire at Maccess.

Two Gomersal councillors hope a “horrendous and dangerous” derelict building will soon be pulled down.

A blaze broke out in the former offices of Maccess, off Spen Lane, last Thursday, with fire crews remaining at the scene for more than four hours.

It was not the first time the building has caught fire in the past few years, and local people are now calling for its demolition.

Liversedge and Gomersal councillor Lisa Holmes said the council would now ask the owners to knock it down, as it was no longer fit to be used.

She said: “We have been trying to serve a demolition order for some time, and I would hope this fire is the final nail in the coffin for the building.

“Not only does it look horrendous, it is also dangerous, and the last thing we want is to hear that a child has been injured on the site.

“As far as I am aware, there’s very little chance anyone could argue the building could be brought back into use now, and we are hoping to have it demolished by the end of February.”

The fire crews at the scene were also less than impressed the building is still standing.

Firefighter Danny Shuttleworth, from Batley Fire Station, said: “We have been here loads of times – it needs pulling down.

“My watch has been here about half a dozen times, and that’s only one watch.”

Ward councillor David Hall said: “The next question will be what will go in its place. I will be pushing for older people’s residences, to fit in with neighbouring properties.”

People living near the building agree that something has to be done about it.

Joanne Godfrey said: “I live opposite it. It’s an eyesore and should definitely be knocked down.”

A police spokesman said enquiries are continuing into the cause of the fire.