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Saving Cornwall’s heritage brought into election debate

The Victorian Society has written to those standing for election as St Austell and Newquay’s next MP asking them to sign its petition calling on Cornwall Council to save the Old Rectory, St Columb Major.

The Old Rectory, St Columb Major, Cornwall

The Victorian Society has written to all the candidates standing for election as St Austell and Newquay’s next MP asking them to sign its petition calling on Cornwall Council to save one of the nation’s most important gothic revival houses, the Old Rectory, St Columb Major, which lies within the constituency. The Society hopes that the move will raise awareness within political circles of the urgent need to take action to save the building.

The Director of the Victorian Society, Christopher Costelloe, said: ‘For too long Cornwall Council has simply ignored the dire situation at the old Rectory. The news that they plan to take no enforcement action despite reported offers of financial support from Historic England is incomprehensible. It is in the public interest to act now or this special building will be lost forever. The incredible response to our petition shows just how much people care about this building. I hope the candidates will pledge their support to ending the shameful neglect of one of Cornwall’s best works of architecture’.

The Society has asked all the general election candidates for the St Austell and Newquay constituency to pledge their support to saving this important piece of their potential constituency’s history. It plans to share the candidates’ responses with the signatories of its petition to save the building, which has had nearly 3,000 people from all over the world sign within a matter of weeks.

A hustings, where the candidates can be quizzed about issues such as the state of the Old Rectory, is taking place Monday 13th April. More information on how to attend the hustings is here.

Friday 10 April, 2015

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