Historic buildings ‘need protection’

Historic buildings ‘need protection’

Historic buildings ‘need protection’

First published in News

HISTORIC buildings in Colchester need to be better protected or more could burn down, according to a prominent historian.

The former Sergeants’ Mess, near Roman Circus Walk, is the latest listed building to become disused, dilapidated and finally destroyed by fire in Colchester.

Historian Andrew Phillips said: “I am terrified for all the others and we are left waiting for the next one.

“A lot of time and effort which went into preserving the best of the garrison buildings for future generations.”

Colchester has 37 buildings on the heritage at-risk register, more than anywhere else in Essex.

Read the full story in today's Gazette.

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12:34pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Bert_Stimpson says...

We are very unlucky with the sheer number of old buildings that get destroyed by fire in Colchester. Those squirrels have got a lot to answer for.
We are very unlucky with the sheer number of old buildings that get destroyed by fire in Colchester. Those squirrels have got a lot to answer for. Bert_Stimpson
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4:10pm Fri 18 Apr 14

angryman!!! says...

This sums Colchester up. A pure utter disregard for our history. Any other town would have ensured these buildings were preserved rather than snapping the cheque from developers and worrying about it after. Not only are these building of historical importance but they are also aesthetically beautiful and interesting unlike the boring same old same old that developer will put up in its place. Why can't the council have some balls get the developers to build something of note, not all modern buildings have to look cheap so why do our councillors always accept second best for our town.
This sums Colchester up. A pure utter disregard for our history. Any other town would have ensured these buildings were preserved rather than snapping the cheque from developers and worrying about it after. Not only are these building of historical importance but they are also aesthetically beautiful and interesting unlike the boring same old same old that developer will put up in its place. Why can't the council have some balls get the developers to build something of note, not all modern buildings have to look cheap so why do our councillors always accept second best for our town. angryman!!!
  • Score: 5

10:41pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Boris says...

Whenever a listed building is destroyed, it should be a requirement on the owner that it is rebuilt in exactly the same materials and to the same standard, regardless of expense. Failing that, the property should be confiscated and the reconstruction should be financed by a levy on all insurance companies that provide buildings insurance.
The Germans and Poles did this very well with war-damaged buildings in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Dresden, Warsaw, etc. Only the will is missing to impose similar requirements in Britain.
Whenever a listed building is destroyed, it should be a requirement on the owner that it is rebuilt in exactly the same materials and to the same standard, regardless of expense. Failing that, the property should be confiscated and the reconstruction should be financed by a levy on all insurance companies that provide buildings insurance. The Germans and Poles did this very well with war-damaged buildings in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Dresden, Warsaw, etc. Only the will is missing to impose similar requirements in Britain. Boris
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