Arson-hit ‘eyesore’ in Darwen goes up for auction

Flashback to the blaze which wrecked Franky’s Bar

Flashback to the blaze which wrecked Franky’s Bar

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

HOPES a town centre eyesore left derelict after a huge fire could soon be renovated have been boosted after it has been put up for auction.

The former Franky’s Bar, in Church Street, Darwen, has been listed for the sale on Thursday, June 12 at Manchester City Football Club with a guide price of £60,000 to £80,000.

The building was gutted by fire, which was believed to be deliberately started, in November 2012.

Prior to being Franky’s Bar it had been the Darwen Central Conservative Club and before that a bingo hall.

Sunnyhurst councillor Dave Smith said: “I really hope that whoever buys it has a scheme in mind to get it sorted soon.

“It is a blight on the town centre.

“There have been bits falling off it in recent weeks.

“It is a complete eyesore and around the town centre people have been asking what is happening with it.

“Hopefully it will be resolved soon.”

Franky’s Bar, which had been a regular venue for performers at the popular annual Darwen Live music festival, had closed the previous April.

Six fire engines and 35 firefighters attended the blaze, just after 1.30am on November 22, 2012.

Firefighters battled the huge flames for two hours and the road was closed while work to make the building safe was carried out.

Darwen’s MP Jake Berry said he was pleased the building could be sold in the near future.

He said: “It is one of the last remaining pieces of the jigsaw to the renaissance of Darwen town centre we have seen over the past few years.

“This is a dangerous structure and I will be seeking urgent meeting with the new owners following the auction to find out their plans for either immediately demolishing or restoring the building.”

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6:05pm Tue 20 May 14

Angusam says...

I read this and hoped that it was the Highfield Working Mens club, that was to be sold but sadly it wasn't and this building remains abandoned and left to rott for another day bringing with it all the problems associated with a derelict building.

Although reading about another derelict building hopefully being bought back into use in the town is only good news, hopefully it will sell.
I read this and hoped that it was the Highfield Working Mens club, that was to be sold but sadly it wasn't and this building remains abandoned and left to rott for another day bringing with it all the problems associated with a derelict building. Although reading about another derelict building hopefully being bought back into use in the town is only good news, hopefully it will sell. Angusam
  • Score: 4

11:04pm Tue 20 May 14

Richard Pembrook says...

Another building which needs sorting out is the ‘eyesore’ at the bottom of Tockholes Rd which used to be Print One. How Darwen council have not done something about this is beyond me, it's a public health hazard to with the asbestos roof!
Another building which needs sorting out is the ‘eyesore’ at the bottom of Tockholes Rd which used to be Print One. How Darwen council have not done something about this is beyond me, it's a public health hazard to with the asbestos roof! Richard Pembrook
  • Score: 3

1:10am Thu 22 May 14

english rose 1 says...

Richard Pembrook wrote:
Another building which needs sorting out is the ‘eyesore’ at the bottom of Tockholes Rd which used to be Print One. How Darwen council have not done something about this is beyond me, it's a public health hazard to with the asbestos roof!
It is PRIVATELY owned. The Council has been onto the owner (Mr Standen, Imperial House, Grimshaw St, Darwen) on numerous occasions to get it boarded up / made safe etc.
*
The Council has no other powers to make the owner do something.
[quote][p][bold]Richard Pembrook[/bold] wrote: Another building which needs sorting out is the ‘eyesore’ at the bottom of Tockholes Rd which used to be Print One. How Darwen council have not done something about this is beyond me, it's a public health hazard to with the asbestos roof![/p][/quote]It is PRIVATELY owned. The Council has been onto the owner (Mr Standen, Imperial House, Grimshaw St, Darwen) on numerous occasions to get it boarded up / made safe etc. * The Council has no other powers to make the owner do something. english rose 1
  • Score: -3

11:32am Thu 22 May 14

Richard Pembrook says...

Surely if the place is a public health hazard something can be done by environmental health? Young children are playing in the derelict building which contains asbestos.
Surely if the place is a public health hazard something can be done by environmental health? Young children are playing in the derelict building which contains asbestos. Richard Pembrook
  • Score: 2

12:27pm Sat 24 May 14

english rose 1 says...

Richard Pembrook wrote:
Surely if the place is a public health hazard something can be done by environmental health? Young children are playing in the derelict building which contains asbestos.
Yes, that's right - environmental health and building control have indeed been round. The owner boarded the front up and re-secured the fencing to the side / rear.
[quote][p][bold]Richard Pembrook[/bold] wrote: Surely if the place is a public health hazard something can be done by environmental health? Young children are playing in the derelict building which contains asbestos.[/p][/quote]Yes, that's right - environmental health and building control have indeed been round. The owner boarded the front up and re-secured the fencing to the side / rear. english rose 1
  • Score: 1

1:40pm Sat 24 May 14

Richard Pembrook says...

RESULT! Now we need to get the owner to demolish the building and build something better in it's place.
RESULT! Now we need to get the owner to demolish the building and build something better in it's place. Richard Pembrook
  • Score: 1

8:47pm Mon 26 May 14

abetterblackburn says...

Would make a good UKIP club!
Would make a good UKIP club! abetterblackburn
  • Score: 2

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