Tamworth Regional Council considering demolishing Manilla property

CLEAN UP: Council considers demolishing this Northbrook Ln property.
CLEAN UP: Council considers demolishing this Northbrook Ln property.

COUNCIL is once again looking to tear down a burnt-out house in Manilla.

In a closed meeting, Tamworth Regional Council will consider a proposal to demolish the fire-damaged dwelling on Northbrook Ln.

The property has been a sticking point for locals, during the past year, with questions raised over the lack of action on the issue.

Council considered tearing down the property in March, only to have the owner reach-out at the last minute before a meeting after years of no contact.

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Since then, “conversations with the owner have not been productive”, according to a report to be considered by councillors at Tuesday’s meeting.

“It is still considered that it is appropriate that council step in to clean up the site and then endeavour to recover the costs from the owner,” the report said.

Testing of the site previously revealed there was asbestos and “a prevalence of drug taking paraphernalia” present in the remains of the burnt-out property.