Westminster City Council has been spending over £20,000 a year on scaffolding since The Balmoral Castle, a derelict public house situated on the Churchill Gardens Estate in Pimlico, closed in 2006. The total bill to Council Tax payers is now over £120,000, not including VAT.
According to information uncovered by Westminster’s Labour Councillors:
“The building has been empty since the lease to Watney Truman Limited expired in 2006. The building is derelict, has structural problems and is being supported by scaffolding at a cost to the Council of £20,400 per annum excluding VAT.”
In April 2010, the former Director of Housing announced;
“Residents should be assured that we want to resolve this situation and we will be working with them in the coming weeks.”
However, two years later, nothing happened and the pub remains derelict and supported by scaffolding.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said:
“For the past six years this pub has been empty and yet Westminster Conservatives have done nothing to repair it or find a new use for the building. The Conservatives have cost Council Tax Payers over £120,000 and the cost is rising every day due to a blatant display of Council incompetence. In addition, the Council has lost tens of thousands of pounds in rent and rates.”
Contact Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg on 020 7566 7960 or 07864 042 584