Crooked House pub site fenced off as enquiries continue

The ruins of the Crooked House shortly after being demolished.

Metal fencing has been erected around the site of the Crooked House pub in Himley amid council concern over unstable ground at the site

Workers at the site said the immediate area was being sealed off with fencing for safety reasons. Two footpaths have previously been closed to the public by South Staffordshire District Council  for 21 days including one leading to the pub's car park, amid safety concerns.

A notice telling walkers of the measures stated that the closures were required 'following a fire at the Crooked House pub' and 'concerns over the instability of the ground conditions following the demolition of the public house'.

The Council issued an update yesterday, with Leader of South Staffordshire Council, Cllr Roger Lees, saying:

“The council continues to work with partners and the police on this matter. We are also very much focussed on our own investigation regarding the planning and building control breaches.

"We understand and empathise with everyone’s interest and concern surrounding this matter, but we are unable to comment any further at this stage, as we do not wish to prejudice the investigations being carried out by ourselves or the police.

"These investigations must be our priority. “As soon as we are able to provide any further updates, we will.”

Sir Gavin Williamson, MP for the area, added: "I am aware that there is ongoing speculation regarding the site of the Crooked House.

"I have made it my priority to arrange meetings with various stakeholders, including the district council and the police and fire services, in order to gain clarity on what is a quickly moving picture.

"I hope to ensure that no further improper action is taken on the site, and this is something I have highlighted to the authorities. I will do all I can to push for the restoration and reconstruction of the Crooked House, and to find answers for my constituents."

The Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, issued a call last week for the pub, which dated back to 1765 to be rebuilt brick by brick.

Mr Street also urged local residents to stay away from the site while investigations are underway and to avoid taking items from its ruins, to maximise the chances of it being rebuilt.


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