Dragons’ Den star James Caan responds to Stevenage MP over derelict building occupied by travellers
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A former star of BBC programme Dragons’ Den has written to the Stevenage MP revealing his intention to sell a derelict building.
James Caan has responded to a letter from MP Stephen McPartland raising concerns about the state of the former Fujitsu building in King’s Road, Stevenage.
Mr Caan founded investment company Hamilton Bradshaw which owns the site – occupied by travellers for a number of weeks until February 2.
Writing to Mr McPartland, he said: “The property has suffered quite a lot of misfortune in recent years; from a theft on an industrial scale to being occupied by travellers.
“The signs appear to be that the property market is recovering and there is renewed interest in the property.”
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He said the majority of discussions with interested parties “have reached an advanced stage” and he is “hopeful a sale can be concluded quickly”.
Mr McPartland said: “I’ve had a number of constituents get in touch with concerns about the site. It is in a very poor state of repair. I’m not sure the building can be reused - it might have to be demolished and rebuilt.”
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Stevenage Borough Council has given Hamilton Bradshaw 28 days to make the site safe, secure and clear of rubbish while the building remains unused, or court action may be taken.