'Beyond a joke' fume Coventry people over another arson attack at hotel

Another suspected arson attack at a former hotel in Coventry has left readers saying the same thing. Fire crews were called to a blaze in what was the 'grand hall' on the ground floor of the Allesley Hotel on Sunday.

The fire, police have said, was believed to have been arson and an investigation is now under way. It is the second time this year that the Birmingham Road-based hotel has been targeted.

It has left CoventryLive readers both frustrated and demanding action be taken at the now abandoned site. Some say it should be bulldozed.

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Helen Barnes posted: "This place needs to be demolished now! Getting beyond a joke".

Her comments were echoed by Yvonne Malone. She added: "Is this 3 or 4 times now?

"So dangerous for the lovely buildings nearby and the village." Vicki Wilson said: "The fire service should start charging.

Somebody's life is at risk every time they have to attend." Speculation about the future of the site has long been rife.

Sam Boneham said: "Just knock it down and build houses on it." Paul Ashton posted: "Be houses in a few months."

CoventryLive has contacted Coventry City Council about the building and if it is going to take any action. In a statement, they said taking action was not an easy matter.

A spokesperson said: "Agencies are in regular and close contact concerning issues at the property. We will be reviewing the most recent incident and considering what steps to take and are waiting on reports from West Midlands Fire Brigade and the Police.

"We have been working jointly to address ongoing matters at the Allesley Hotel with West Midlands Fire Brigade and the Police. There have been a number of meetings, and conversations with the site owners - and enforcement powers have been used for previous incidents.

"We will also be meeting with the site owners, and we do not rule out any enforcement powers available to us being used. However, orders to mandate the demolition of the buildings are not simple and have to follow a range of legal steps.

"Police have increased patrols to the site and there are security cameras and similar in place. We would ask that all members of the public should refrain from visiting the site and if they notice any people trespass onto the site that they call police on 999."

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