West Bank hut gets another reprieve

West Bank hut gets another reprieve

West Bank hut gets another reprieve

First published in News

A 'MINI pier' on the Widnes waterfront has had its demolition date moved back to next year as residents fight against its removal.


Paul McCann, of Alice Court, West Bank, Widnes, had organised a public meeting for last week as a rallying cry to residents to help save the building.


But 24 hours before the meeting Halton Borough Council told him the hut demolition was off the table for the time being.


Mr McCann said: "I was really pleased and very grateful because the council have been most helpful in this matter. They are offering the services of experts from the council to help and look at if there is funding available.


"We want to work with the council, they have been kind enough to give us the extension and they realise the importance of the hut."


And now a small committee has been drawn up to look at potential options for the relic including remembering the area's history.


"We are limited as to what we can do due to size but not limited in imagination," added Paul.
A spokesman for Halton Borough Council said: “The council is supportive of the volunteers’ efforts to bring the building back into use and wants to try and help.


"As the building has been empty for some considerable time and is vulnerable to vandalism, the current situation cannot continue indefinitely, therefore the arrangements will be reviewed at the end of October when evidence will be required to show that progress on the proposals has been made.”


The committee is hoping to get businesses in the area involved in its upkeep and restoration. 
To offer help e-mail paulmccann7@gmail.com.

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