Under a 1919 law, where there is reason to fear that a building/structure constitutes, or is likely to become a danger to persons using the roads, streets or paths in the parish, the Constables and Douzaine may compel the owner to render it safe.
We have a good few instances annually of having to notify property owners of various problems which could be a danger to the public.
The normal procedure is that, once we receive a report that there is a problem, the Constables or a member of staff will view the area in the first instance. A professional report is then obtained and, once that is received, the owner will be contacted and asked to comply with the recommendations in the report within a given time frame. This is always followed up with re-inspections to ensure that the proper safety measures have been taken.
If the matter requires immediate attention, the property owner will be notified immediately, rather than wait for a report.
In circumstances where a property owner does not comply, the Constables and Douzaine are empowered to carry out the necessary work, and any expenses incurred can result in a legal charge being placed on the property.