Secure Empty Property Secures And Clears Chorlton Baths in Manchester
Secure Empty Property recently secured a disused baths in Chorlton, Manchester.
Squatters had broken in and were living there, leaving graffiti, litter and refilling the swimming pool.
The large site, the former Chorlton Leisure Centre, is a notable landmark in the area.
We were contacted by the client at 4.50 pm in the afternoon the day before the eviction was planned by bailiffs, and we quickly organised logistics to be on site at 8.30am the next day for the eviction, ready to start work. While the bailiffs removed the 28 squatters and two dogs, we began securing the property with our steel security doors and window screens to prevent anybody gaining re-entry. All the openings were secured by 2.30pm that afternoon.
The squatters had been on the site for a month and had worked on the plumbing to refill the swimming pool.
There was a significant amount of rubbish on site and we were given the instruction at 4.30pm to clear the property subject to survey. The property was surveyed and a quote was provided same day to ensure that the site was cleared. We were onsite again at 7.30am the next day and the site was cleared of rubbish by 3pm.
The former council baths closed in June 2015 and has remained closed since as it is an asset for community value the council will be looking at bids from community groups to bring the baths back to community use.
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