Call for action on Hereford store fire site

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FOUR years as an “eyesore” is enough for a prime site in Hereford city centre still waiting on a rebuild after one the county’s biggest fires.

The claim comes from would be Hereford MP Lucy Hurds who this week called on the site's owners and insurers to get restoration work underway.

Lib-Dem candidate Lucy has launched a petition to progress the work on the back of an open letter to the owners.

The site, said Lucy, was still an “eyesore” four years after fire ripped through what was the River Island store and its surrounds.

 

“We approach yet another summer with no sign of anything being done. With so much effort in promoting High Town and city centre shopping, it is not acceptable for this key site to remain neglected,” she said.

The letter asks the owners to publically explain why the work has not yet been done.Local Lib Dem volunteers will be petitioning shoppers over the next few weeks and then presenting the petition to Aviva Insurance and Omaha Nominees.

Last year, Herefordshire Council said outstanding insurance claims that stopped work on the site had been settled, with the site owner looking to appoint a contractor to rebuild the property.

Earlier, the Hereford Times revealed that the council would not take enforcement action to speed up re-development at the site.

The blaze that ripped through the former River Island and Card Factory stores in October 2010 was one of the biggest ever in the county, but the site has been sealed off since, despite a restoration project
being backed by council planners.

The council claimed the delay to restoration was related to the complicated insurance for the works and, in such circumstances, enforcement action would be “inappropriate”.

Speculation since the fire has linked River Island to the city’s newly opened Old Market shopping precinct.

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6:34pm Mon 12 May 14

TwoWheelsGood says...

Is that an election I see on the horizon?
Is that an election I see on the horizon? TwoWheelsGood
  • Score: 5

7:01pm Mon 12 May 14

AylestoneVoice says...

Oh No - Another Lib Dem petition!!
It really is about time the Council did something about it other than a press release promising that something might happen at some point no one knows when
Oh No - Another Lib Dem petition!! It really is about time the Council did something about it other than a press release promising that something might happen at some point no one knows when AylestoneVoice
  • Score: 2

8:40am Tue 13 May 14

HfdBecky says...

TwoWheelsGood wrote:
Is that an election I see on the horizon?
Oh yes sir :) well spotted.
[quote][p][bold]TwoWheelsGood[/bold] wrote: Is that an election I see on the horizon?[/p][/quote]Oh yes sir :) well spotted. HfdBecky
  • Score: 6

12:11pm Tue 13 May 14

RogerLFC says...

The chance of a Lib Dem MP at the next General Election is NIL for South Hereford. People won't forget that tuition fee fiasco anytime soon!

There won't be any urgency in getting that burned out shell rebuilt either. High Town is dead and I doubt the building would get a tenant.
The chance of a Lib Dem MP at the next General Election is NIL for South Hereford. People won't forget that tuition fee fiasco anytime soon! There won't be any urgency in getting that burned out shell rebuilt either. High Town is dead and I doubt the building would get a tenant. RogerLFC
  • Score: 1

2:55pm Tue 13 May 14

Hereford person says...

Very good Roger leave it as it is, no it needs to be renovated now.
I agree with your comment regarding the Liberals, no chance.
Very good Roger leave it as it is, no it needs to be renovated now. I agree with your comment regarding the Liberals, no chance. Hereford person
  • Score: 1

4:56pm Tue 13 May 14

William Rudd says...

Speculation since the fire has linked River Island to the city’s newly opened Old Market shopping precinct

Bit more than speculation when River island are advertising for managers for the new store

http://www.retailapp
ointment.co.uk/retai
l-job-search/store-m
anager-29507?utm_sou
rce=Indeed&utm_mediu
m=cpc&utm_campaign=I
ndeed
Speculation since the fire has linked River Island to the city’s newly opened Old Market shopping precinct Bit more than speculation when River island are advertising for managers for the new store http://www.retailapp ointment.co.uk/retai l-job-search/store-m anager-29507?utm_sou rce=Indeed&utm_mediu m=cpc&utm_campaign=I ndeed William Rudd
  • Score: 0

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