On my visit to Sandfields pumping Station of May 2012, I noted that the lead flashing on the hip rafters about the toilet building to the rear of the main engine house had been removed, along with a window on the beam floor was broken in the main engine house overlooking the railway.
I also noted some evidence showing that a force entry had been made on the engine house roof access hatch, my concern here is that the valley and parapet wall flashing could have been removed or damaged.
As you will be aware removal of these items will seriously compromise the structural integrity of the building and cold in a very short period of time lead to serious and irreversible damage, therefore I contacted English Heritage just before Christmas.
Their response was;
Dear Mr Moore,
Thank you for your email regarding the pumping station. The building is grade II listed so matters relating to its conservation and advice and guidance on changes to the building are the responsibility of the local authority. English Heritage does not have grant aid or any role in the granting of listed building consent for grade II listed buildings….
Dr Sarah Lewis, Principal Adviser, Heritage at Risk, English Heritage
The Senior Conservation Officer for Lichfield District Council is Debbie Boffin, contact details are on my Who to Contact page.
The Senior Conservation Officer for Lichfield District Council is a paid post, and is there to serve the public who foot the bill, us. I am doing this work for free, and am doing this work because I care. Out heritage help us from our identity, it gives us a sense of who we are, and is therefore worth protecting.
Lichfield District Council does prosecute people who breach conservation regulations. A resident and a contractor have both been ordered to ‘pay up’ for drastically pruning trees without Lichfield District Council’s permission.
Councillor Neil Roberts, Cabinet Member for Development Services, said:
“We are charged with protecting the district’s heritage, helping to keep it an attractive place to live and work as well as ensuring there are trees and woodlands for future generations to enjoy. So, we are delighted with the result of these cases. It gives a clear message to developers, tree owners and tree surgeons that”.
This is excellent news that the District Council will do this, so can you help to reinforce this “clear message to developers” by contacting the Debbie Boffin, and asking her to ensure that as a minimum, the building is maintained in accordance with the regulations and section 106 agreement.