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Council must act now to save listed gas works from the elements

Action must be taken to ensure the future of the Old Gas Works in the Derbyshire village of Sudbury, according to the Victorian Society.

Recent heavy rain has prompted the Society to call on Derbyshire Dales District Council to use its powers to serve an urgent works notice on the owner of this historic building.

The Old Gas Works, which is listed at Grade II, was built in 1874 and designed by the nationally known architect George Devey. It is a key local landmark and relates closely to Sudbury Hall itself.

The building has been empty for some time, and now has a hole in roof's former heat vent.

'The hole in the roof means the Old Gas Works is now deteriorating very fast', said Alex Baldwin, Conservation Adviser for the Victorian Society. 'We are very concerned that if something isn't done soon to secure this building then there is a real danger that it could be lost forever.'

Local authorities have the power to insist that urgent works are carried out on listed buildings in their area. Those powers must now be used to save this wonderful building from the worst of the winter weather.

 

Monday 30 November, 2009

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