A Sunderland home deemed “unsafe” due to subsidence has been sealed off by the council after safety barriers were removed.
he property on Broomshields Avenue in Fulwell, in Sunderland, suffered significant subsidence in August 2019 and had to be sealed off as a result.
Its driveway had sunk into the ground and warning signs which said ‘Construction site keep out’ and ‘No unauthorised access’ were put up at the property’s entrance.
Residents on the street were left without gas and water for a short while the supplies were cut when the house was sealed off.
Sunderland City Council has since confirmed they reinstated barriers around the property, which has recently been listed for auction with a guide price of just £10,000.
In a statement, Sunderland City Council said: “The property is currently unsafe due to structural issues resulting from subsidence issues that were reported to the City Council last year.
“Barriers remain in place as a precautionary measure to protect the public.
“Although it appears that the barriers were recently removed – we’re not sure by who or for what reason – these have now been reinstated by the council and will remain in place pending a decision on the longer-term plans for the building’s future.
“This is something that rests with the property owner. It is not a matter for the local authority.”