Repairs to be carried out on derelict house

The derelict house on The Peth in Wooler.
The derelict house on The Peth in Wooler.

Repair work is finally set to take place to tackle an unsafe, derelict house on one of the main routes into the centre of Wooler.

The state of 5 The Peth has long been a source of concern, with parish and county councillors trying to get something done about the run-down property.

The roof is in a bad state with a tree through it and, due to the potential risk for pedestrians, the footpath has been closed for a number of months.

Earlier this week, Coun Anthony Murray, ward member for Wooler, expressed satisfaction that action is now to be taken.

This was confirmed by a spokeswoman for Northumberland County Council, who said: “This building is in a unsafe state and the council has been taking action to rectify the situation, including serving a legal notice on the owner.

“As the notice has not been complied with, the council has appointed a building contractor to carry out the necessary repairs to make the house safe.”

Residents are sure to welcome the news that something is to be done, because as far back as April, it was reported at a parish-council meeting that there seemed to be no clear way forward to deal with the issue.

At that time, a planning enforcement case had been opened, but the public-protection team had reportedly said that it had done all it could within its remit, as the building was not ‘dilapidated’.

Chairman, Coun Robert Donkin, said: “It’s a stalemate because they won’t touch it.”