Boarded up shops set to stay until doctors move

Ironville derelict shopping area.
Ironville derelict shopping area.

AN EYESORE set of derelict buildings are set to stay for the foreseeable future despite calls from residents to see them knocked down.

According to Amber Valley Housing, which has a long term plan to turn the site into affordable homes, the dilapidated former shops on king William Square in Ironville will not be demolished until the doctors surgery still on the site is relocated.

The complex once housed residential apartments, a mini-market, a betting shop and a chip shop among other businesses. But it has now been empty for a number of years and has steadily attracted vandalism and graffiti.

Now nearby residents are becoming frustrated as the eyesore seems set to stay for the near future.

Charlie Stanhope, 74, of King William Street, has lived in Ironville for 70 years.

He said: “It’s time it came down. A woman came by here the other day asking where the doctor’s surgery is – when I told her she said to me, you must be joking? They just need to pull the whole thing down now.”

Plans to build a new two-storey medical centre to the rear of the grade two listed Ironville house on Cinder Bank were withdrawn in March. Surgery owners say they are on the verge of submitting another plan.

Amber Valley Housing, which owns the site, has held several consultation events in the area to inform residents of its plan to develop the site if a new surgery is built at Ironville House.

Martin Sherman, chief operations officer of Futures Housing Group, which Amber Valley Housing is part of, said: “The long-term vision for King William Square is to attract a private developer to provide new homes for sale on the site. This would have the advantage of increasing the mix of homes available in Ironville to attract house buyers to the area and also help to lever in additional funds to provide new community facilities in the village.

“In the meantime we are committed to maintaining the site and working with the doctors’ surgery to provide them with accommodation until they have secured planning permission on an alternative site. We do not want to press ahead with any demolition if that means Ironville loses this important health facility. Once the surgery has relocated we will move to demolish the existing building and landscape the area.”