NEW security measures are now in force at an abandoned Wigan mill building used as an adventure playground by marauding youngsters.
Concerns had been voiced by emergency services bosses, councillors and residents about safety issues at the Pagefield building next to Mesnes Park.
There were real concerns about youngsters putting themselves in danger and therefore putting our emergency services staff at risk as well. It’s good to know things are happening at long lastCoun George Davies
In response, council officers have now installed a number of hi-tech equipment to improve security on the site.
Wigan Central ward representative Coun George Davies said it is “fantastic news for residents nearby and will provide peace of mind.”
Mike Worden, assistant director for planning and transport said: “Works to improve the security on the site were completed last month, including repairing the hoardings and putting in a video surveillance and sensor mechanism which is monitored.
“We are continuing to have discussions with representatives of the owners about both the security measures and the long term future of the site.”
Youths were captured on camera trespassing on the upper floors of the multi-storey mill building last month prompting warnings they were “dicing with death.”
Perimeter fences have been kicked down on several occasions in recent years and the council has been in regular talks with site owners Pagefield Properties Ltd about improving security.
Earlier this year a huge blaze set in the building required more than 40 firefighters to douse the flames.
The fire caused road closures and water supply disruptions to neighbouring streets. Fire commander Steve Sheridan said authorities would be enforcing restorative justice schemes for anyone caught on site.
Speaking last month, he said: “If you are, you will be cleaning graffiti or picking up litter for a considerable time. And it will go on your record, we need to get serious on this.”
Coun Davies welcomed the new measures. He said: “It’s fantastic news, great work has been done and everyone will be relieved the message has got through.
“There were real concerns about youngsters putting themselves in danger and therefore putting our emergency services staff at risk as well.
“It’s good to know things are happening at long last.”