War declared on crumbling buildings
WAR has been declared on owners of listed buildings that are in serious danger of structural disrepair.Babergh District Council is in the process of contributing to the latest Register of Listed Buildings at Risk and is asking for help in identifying dwellings that may be a cause for concern.
WAR has been declared on owners of listed buildings that are in serious danger of structural disrepair.
Babergh District Council is in the process of contributing to the latest Register of Listed Buildings at Risk and is asking for help in identifying dwellings that may be a cause for concern.
With over 4,000 listed buildings, Babergh has one of the largest stocks of any English and Welsh district council.
As a result of an agreed change in classification, Babergh now aims to identify all buildings at risk, bringing it in line with criteria established by English Heritage.
Previously, the council had tried to address the proper repair of such units before including them on the list, if such encouragement failed to produce positive action.
The new Register is due for publication later in the year and will contain information from all seven of the Suffolk district and borough councils.
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"This is a much tougher approach," said Richard Ward, Babergh's Conservation and Design Officer. "We want to identify all listed buildings at risk and publish them in this year's Register. We hope by so doing to both get a better picture of the problem and to put more 'public' pressure on owners to discuss with us ways of repairing major structural problems."
In order to achieve this, Babergh is asking for help from the wider community to complement its limited conservation resources. In particular, the call is going out to local parish and town councils and Local Amenity Societies.
Bodies interested in helping draw up Babergh's new register should contact Richard Ward on 01473 825784.