STROUD MP Siobhan Baillie says that she would be happy to press the demolition button for Tricorn House herself.
The MP was speaking in parliament during the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill debate when she mentioned the derelict eyesore.
The Secretary of State is looking to strengthen the law around empty buildings that are left to rot with options like auctions, strengthening compulsory purchase rules or large fines for those who refuse to put the buildings into use.
Siobhan has become frustrated with the process of selling the building, despite buyers being reportedly interested.
“On dilapidated buildings, I really welcome…seeing legislation come through to deal with empty buildings that are an eyesore,” she told MPs.
“We are blessed with beautiful old mills that represent our industrial history in Stroud, but also blighted with some really ugly buildings – including Tricorn House, which has dogged our area for decades.
“Very sadly, a young boy lost his life at the property last year, so we feel very passionately that we want to see change there.
“It is obvious to me that the fastest route to change is a private sale or a private demolition.
“I would be very happy to press the button, if I am allowed.
“People locally know that I am working as hard as I possibly can to move this forward.
“The owner says that he is committed to selling but nothing actually happens, so it is useful for me to be able to say now that legislation is coming.”
Tricorn House is owned by a company called Millville Limited, based in Gurnsey.
The SNJ has attempted to find contact details for this company to ask for a comment.