Public eyesores
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Empty public buildings

Vacant buildings waste resources.  They waste space and, without occupiers, soon deteriorate and become unsafe so they have to be boarded up and turn into eyesores.  

Privately owned buildings rarely remain empty for long.  The owner has capital tied up in them, and the value falls if he does not do something quickly.  If no one can be found to buy the building, the lot is cleared for an alternative use. 

Public buildings are different.  No one personally loses money while they fall into disrepair, and public bodies are slow decision makers.  Often they rot for years, sometimes for decades. 

Councils and other public bodies should sell such buildings off to people who can do something useful with them.  iGreens are starting a list.

If you know of a public building that is lying empty let us know.

Vacant public buildings. 

The old Manchester employment exchange featured on “Girl Cops” on BBC One on 27 March 2006 has allegedly been vacant for 12 years. 

This old office building between the maternity ward and children’s centre at Nottingham City hospital.  It has been lying vacant for at least here years.

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Public buildings that remained vacant too long

Leeds Maternity Hospital on Hyde Terrace was vacated when the Clarendon Wing opened in 1983.  It lay empty until it was eventually demolished in 2001. 

 

 

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