Call for action on historic buildings at risk in Hinckley and Bosworth
The publication of a register highlighting the plight of historic
buildings in Hinckley and Bosworth has been welcomed by local Liberal
The register, published by English Heritage, is drawn up to draw public
attention to buildings that no longer have a use, have fallen into
disrepair, but have important historical character or significance.
Two buildings in Hinckley and Bosworth are included in the register. The
Old Hall in Groby and Bradgate House's Stables and Kennels, also in
"There is a significant danger that historic buildings can be lost
through neglect and lack of use," said Liberal Democrat Cllr Stuart
"The register is an important document which puts public attention on
what needs to be done to preserve our heritage.
"Wherever possible, old buildings need to be given new uses and again,
the register is important in helping to achieve this. The Government
however needs to take action to ensure this happens. One way to do so
would be to reduce VAT on repairs and maintenance of historic buildings
where it is currently paid.
"Liberal Democrats would pay for this by putting VAT on materials used
to build new homes on greenfield sites. The money raised this way could
also reduce VAT bills on repairs, conversions and maintenance of all
homes, not just on historic buildings."
Details of the buildings at risk can be found at: