Lord Line Building

Fishing heritage campaigners have expressed concerns after it was revealed a building connected to the iconic Lord Line will be demolished.

Owner Manor Property Group is set to tear down the Marr building imminently and there are fears the Lord Line itself could be next.

Karen Raine, of the Fishing History Group, wants the Lord Line building at St Andrew’s Dock, west Hull, to become a fishing museum.

She said: “A lot of members are upset by this news as it’s yet another building that is being lost.

“We have been given no warning about this demolition. We are worried the Lord Line will be next. We need it to be better protected.

“This is all part of the fishing history of the city and it is being lost.”

Hull City Council says it is working with the Manor Property Group, which was served with notices requiring it to improve the state of the building.

A spokesman said: “Hull City Council is working closely with the owners of properties across St Andrew’s Dock in order to revitalise the area after a number of Section 215 notices were served last year.” Manor Property Group confirmed the Marr building was being demolished, but would not comment further.

Earlier this month the trial of Lord Line Campus Ltd, which is part of the Manor Property Group, was adjourned in the hope the issues can be resolved.

The company is accused of failing to carry out work on the Lord Line building.

Hull City Council ran out of patience with the owner after it ignored several repair notices.

Having carried out much of the work itself, the local authority decided to prosecute the company.

The trial was due to take place at Hull Magistrates’ Court, but barrister Ben Williams, representing Lord Line Campus, revealed positive talks had taken place.

He told the court: “A number of conditions were placed on the building, ranging from boarding up the windows to putting on a new roof.

“We are at the stage now where the public interest would be best served by resolving these matters properly, which is leaving the criminal trial in its wake.

“There are just three or four areas to be resolved out of the 20 to 30 that were originally outstanding.”

Mr Williams said a meeting is due to take place between Lord Line Campus and the council’s planning enforcement manager.

Lord Line Campus Ltd is charged with six counts of failing to comply with a notice to maintain land.

The company is alleged to have failed to board up windows and remove graffiti, not getting rid of waste and not rebuilding the parapet roof of the building.

The case has been adjourned to September 25.