A DERELICT building is a dangerous building.
Far from being a harmless adventure playground for children, an abandoned property is an accident waiting to happen.
Ultimately, and by no means without sad precedent, these structures – falling ever more into disrepair day by day – are death traps.
Such buildings also attract all other manner of anti-social behaviour, from drug-taking to vagrancy.
They are, quite literally, a blot on the landscape, and one that needs to be removed.
That is why urgent and effective action is required.
For most residents there is a lot riding on talks about the site of the closed-down Little John pub in Bradley.
Admiral Taverns want to see a care home built there, but the Examiner reveals today that the proposals are in doubt because of a wrangle with Kirklees Council.
On top of that, local councillor Ken Smith would rather have a health centre – a facility which is much needed in the area, he says.
The danger is that the argument will go on some time – leaving Bradley residents with a disused property which will continue to attract exactly the sort of problems they are having to put up with now.
It is in nobody’s interest for the site’s future to be undecided for a long period of time.
Which all means there is a lot of pressure on all sides to find a way forward and come up with a solution which suits everyone and can be put into action quickly.