OWNERS of a former Stalybridge care home that is on the market for £1 million have been told to remove waste after the site became a dumping ground.Carson House remains up for sale, with a potential change of use under planning regulations possible.
But in the meantime, the Stamford Street building has become a target for fly-tippers who have left rubbish scattered across the car park.
Now Tameside Council has instructed its current owners – the bank that repossessed it from Regal County Limited after their collapse – to get it tidied up.
And if they do not by January 10, the authority may look to issue a formal notice.
In an email from development manager Martyn Leigh, seen by the Correspondent, he said: “The council does have powers to deal with the condition of land or buildings which have an adverse impact on the amenity of the area.
“When I visited the site, it did appear to be reasonably secure evidenced by ground floor openings having been boarded up and gates being locked.
“However, I did observe waste material was present in the former car park and some of the landscaped areas are becoming untidy through apparent lack of maintenance given the vacant nature of the site.
“I have written to the registered owner of the property requesting that the waste material is removed from the site and that the landscaped areas are tidied and maintained to a reasonable standard.
“In the event this does not occur, then a decision will need to be taken by the local planning authority as to whether the situation warrants serving a formal notice requiring specified works to be undertaken.”
Carson House was a 45-bedroomed care home housed in the former St George’s School and Sunday School, a landmark building in Stalybridge because of its prominent position on a main road.
Agents The Landwood Group said it is on a plot measuring just over half an acre. Crucially, one of its selling points is that it has, ‘development potential, subject to planning’.
Carson House’s sudden closure last October came after a damning report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
It saw 74 carers and staff lose their jobs, 35 residents forced to be re-homed and a mountain of unpaid bills to agencies that provided carers.