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Call for action on historic buildings at risk in Hinckley and Bosworth

July 16, 2008 12:00 AM

The publication of a register highlighting the plight of historic

buildings in Hinckley and Bosworth has been welcomed by local Liberal

Democrats.

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

Groby.

"There is a significant danger that historic buildings can be lost

through neglect and lack of use," said Liberal Democrat Cllr Stuart

Bray.

"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:

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/upload/pdf/HAR_East_Midlands_Acc.pdf