Carlisle and Cumbrian towns at risk of decay
Last updated at 10:21, Thursday, 10 October 2013
The centres of Carlisle, Wigton and Maryport feature on a new list of places, landmarks and historic sites deemed to be at risk of decay.
The St Michael’s conservation area of Workington also features on the 2013 at risk register published by English Heritage.
Carlisle City Council leader Colin Glover says he is surprised to find Carlisle’s conservation area is on the annual list, particularly after a £500,000 revamp of the Old Town Hall - partly funded by English Heritage.
English Heritage is now hoping to recruit an army of volunteer ‘heritage fans’ to help launch a huge expansion in efforts to save listed buildings and historic areas.
They will help survey an estimated 345,000 Grade II listed buildings, covering every possible building from barns, to libraries, private homes, commercial buildings and factories.
The move comes after a successful pilot scheme using 350 volunteers who surveyed around 5,000 listed buildings in areas including Whitehaven.
Simon Thurley, chief executive of English Heritage, said: “For English Heritage it means we will eventually get, for the first time, a complete picture of the condition of all England’s listed heritage.
“We can use this information to decide how best to deploy our national expertise to help owners and all those tackling heritage at risk on the ground.”
This year’s annual at risk register reveals 5,700 Grade I and II* historic buildings, scheduled monuments and archaeological sites, registered parks, gardens, landscapes and battlefields, conservation areas, places of worship and protected wrecks at risk of neglect and decay.
English Heritage said the total number on the register has fallen from 5,831 last year, with the body “well on target” to meet its challenge of removing 25 per cent of entries from the 2010 Register by 2015.
English Heritage said a partnership with Natural England has already led to the rescue and removal of 97 sites from the risk register in the last year.
These include the remains of Whitesyke and Bentyfield lead mines at Alston Moor.
First published at 10:03, Thursday, 10 October 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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Ah, the good old Victorian days with the open sewers through the middle of the lanes, the workhouses and squalid slums hidden away in the back streets. The rundown properties are probably privately owned, why should the rate payer have to stump up to tidy them up? Milleband has the right idea,confiscate them if the owners are letting them rot and turn them into council housing
"because the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker have been in charge"As opposed to what we have now?The unmarried, the incapable and the social worker?
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