DEMOLITION work is expected to continue for eight weeks at a former Drill Hall.

Work is underway at the former Territorial Army Drill Hall on Prudhoe's Swalwell Close.

Emergency powers under section 78 of the Building Act 1984 were enforced after an inspection from the council’s Public Protection Building Control service found dangerous sections of the building which required immediate action. 

A successful application was made to the Magistrates Court in accordance with section 77 of the Building Act 1984. The council then obtained an Order against the owner, who was required to execute works to obviate the danger from the building or demolish the building or any dangerous part of it. The owner failed to carry out the work within the given timeframe. 

The responsibility then fell to Northumberland County Council to demolish it. 

Once demolition is complete, a new fence will be put around the site to tie in with the existing fence.

Northumberland County Council Cabinet member with the portfolio for looking after our communities, Councillor Gordon Stewart, said: “I fully welcome these long-awaited works to knock down this dangerous structure.  

“I want to thank residents for their patience whilst we have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure the safety and future of this site. 

“We have a responsibility to protect our local communities and I would also like to thank the council’s Public Protection Building Control Officers for holding those responsible to account. 

“The council will endeavour to carry out the works in a safe and timely manner with as little disruption to the public as is possible.”