Wrecked garage is a work of art

Former workshop still in ruins after fire destroyed the building over two years ago on Station Road, Luddenden Foot

Former workshop still in ruins after fire destroyed the building over two years ago on Station Road, Luddenden Foot

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A JOKER has taken a swipe at Calderdale Council over an eyesore garage.

The former Smith Motors Accident Repair Specialists in Station Road, Luddenden Foot, was gutted by fire in August 2009.

Its mangled wreckage has gone untouched ever since. But now the prankster has turned it into “The Tate Modern”.

Beneath the neat lettering he – or she – has added: “Broken Britain. An installation by C Alderdale.”

The garage had been rented from the council by Anthony Smith, who said he was not surprised people had things to say about a site left derelict so long.

“It is still the same as the day it burnt down,” said Mr Smith.

“If I owned it no doubt the council would have been on to of me saying it was an eyesore.”

He said there had been break-ins at the site and it posed a danger.

“It is an eyesore and dangerous and something should be done about it.”

Mr Smith said it had been a difficult time when he lost his business.

But he was back up and running two months later in new premises at Station Industrial Park.

Resident Pamela Nancarrow, of Burnley Road, described the graffiti as sophisticated.

“It’s beautifully done and indicative of Calderdale,” she said.

The council said: “We will be taking steps to tidy up the site.”