Former Barrow Cry Bar owner failed to carry out repairs

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THE owner of a former downtown nightclub has been fined for failing to make repairs to the building.

The Cry was part of a bustling nightlife economy based around Barrow’s Cornwallis Street.

But after closing its doors, the nightclub seemed to have fallen into a state of disrepair.

Earlier this year Barrow Council ordered owner Steven Anderson, from Hetton le Hill in the North East, to carry out several repairs to the building.

He appeared at South Cumbria Magistrates’ Court to admit he had failed to comply with the order.

As a result, the court ordered him to be fined £600, to pay a contribution towards legal costs of £1,000 and a victim fine surcharge of £60.

The Cry is within the High Street Heritage Action Area of ​​Barrow and within the Central Barrow Conservation Area, which is considered ‘at risk’ by Historic England.

The Section 215 notice had required the landlord to carry out exterior repairs and maintenance, including faulty gutters, downspouts and slates, as well as repairing the bay window on the first floor .

There were no calls for the notice and no significant improvements to the building in the time frame it covered, Barrow Council said.

Councilor Ann Thomson, leader of the council, said: ‘Council has been concerned for several years about the deterioration of the building and the impact this has had on the immediate and wider area.

“The board is keen to work with the owners and dialogue with them is always the first port of call.

“However, if this does not result in action, the only option is to serve legal notice.”

The owner had four months to carry out the list of repairs.

The bar was listed on the market for £200,000.

A description read: “The former Cry Bar is a three-story mid-terrace brick-built property which has recently operated as a licensed premises, although it requires immediate cosmetic attention being in redundant condition.”

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