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.