Officers step in to improve eyesore Higham building

The former shop before the boards were removed
The former shop before the boards were removed

Council officers have stepped in to improve the look of a run-down building in Higham Ferrers.

Two large windows and a door of the former shop in High Street, which have all been boarded up for many years, have now been replaced.

Efforts will be made to recover the costs of the action from the owner of the property to ensure there is no loss to the public purse

Efforts will be made to recover the costs of the action from the owner of the property to ensure there is no loss to the public purse

East Northants Council issued a notice to remove the boards on the property, which is in the Higham Ferrers Conservation Area and attached to a listed building.

The notice was ignored by the owner, so ENC exercised powers to carry out the works itself.

Council leader Cllr Steven North said: “ENC has a duty to protect the visual appearance of the district and has robust enforcement powers to do so.

“These will normally only be used when attempts at negotiating a resolution are unsuccessful, but our planning enforcement team is always on the case and we will always enforce when it is appropriate to do so.

“The building at 33 High Street had been boarded up for years, to the detriment of the appearance of the area.

“Along with contractors, officers attended to remove the wooden panels and re-glaze one of the windows in compliance with the notice.

“We will now proceed to recover the costs of our action from the owner of the property to ensure that there is no loss to the public purse.”

To report a possible breach of planning control, visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/planning.