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Crumbling Swansea mansion is safe says council, despite worries

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 22, 2013

  • Donato Pompei hairdressers owner Joyce Pompei in front of Danbert House on Morfydd Road in Morriston, which has trees growing from inside the house.

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CHIEFS at Swansea Council have insisted that a crumbling Victorian house in Morriston is safe.

Officers requested the help of the fire service last week to remove boards from Danbert House, a grade two-listed structure dubbed by local residents “Europe’s biggest pigeon loft” and “the haunted house on the corner”.

The building is surrounded by a stone wall, with a padlocked gate.

Businesswoman Joyce Pompei, of Donato Pompei Hair Salon on Morfydd Street, said in her view the privately-owned building was not safe.

She said someone had fallen to their death there around 10 years ago, and that children were able to access it.

“There have been many dangerous incidents,” she said. “Old Morristonians have been annoyed by the council’s comment that it is safe.”

Local resident Mandy Marmont said: “It is an eyesore. Something should be done. It is a waste of a building.”

Nigel Murray, of Glantawe Street, said fire damaged Danbert House around two years ago.

“It is a wonderful building,” he said. “They don’t make them like that nowadays. If it could be restored, I would like to see it.”

Morriston councillor Robert Francis-Davies said listed buildings should be preserved, but felt there should be a mechanism by which owners forfeited them if they persistently failed to maintain them.

“They (owners) don’t have to live opposite the place,” he said.

A council spokesman said: “The perimeter of the building has been recently secured to try to prevent access and some overgrown vegetation has been removed.

“Danbert House is not currently considered unsafe.”

Discussions, he added, were continuing with the owner to help prevent further decay and ensure its future preservation.

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  • Nubbo  |  August 22 2013, 3:51PM

    Before any person-s purchase a listed building they should be briefed regarding the Protocols of (THE LISTED BUILDINGS & CONSERVATION AREAS ACT ) 1990: by the appropriate solicitor-s who are representing them before the transaction is completed . Any person-s who have purchased a listed building should not be allowed to permit the building to fall below the condition it was in when it came into their possession . Have the owner-s of this building been served with a SECTION 215 NOTICE from C C S ? I hope the owner-s have been sent an Bill for expenses from C C S regarding Section (54 & 55 ) of the above Act for work-s carried out on this building to recoup Swansea Tax - payers losses of monies spent ?

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  • Dan01  |  August 22 2013, 2:32PM

    Would not a block of modern apartments be more beneficial to the community?

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