Police are concerned that people are risking of injury or death because the lack of effective perimeter security at Tone Mill is encouraging break-ins to the derelict factory.
“Our concerns are that someone is going to be hit by falling masonry or fall through the floor,” PC Rob Wood told Wellington Town Council.
“I’m worried that there will be a fatality there and only then will the owners take this seriously,” commented Cllr Bob Bowrah.
“People are putting their lives at risk breaking in and when something goes badly wrong down there they’re going to point the finger at us,” said Cllr Andy Govier, who added that Taunton Deane have said there is no planning action they can take as the mill site currently lacks redevelopment value.
Cllr John Thorne added a new dimension to the discussion when he said that people who live in nearby Weavers Reach had said that their homes were becoming blighted and hard to sell because of the abandoned factory. “Taunton Deane must have some powers to act here,” he said.
Attempts to contact the owners of Tone Mill have proved useless according to Cllr Govier. “They tell us they’ve sold the building but when you contact the new owners it seems to be a new company name but the same people.”