Apparently Lichfield District Council have been taking part in a pilot scheme with English Heritage & have produced a summary of all the listed buildings in the district which are considered ‘at risk’. Interesting stuff – take a look at the report here
Sandfields Pumping Station did not even mentioned on the list, utterly amazing.
Sandfields pumping station is showing all the signs of “Deteriorating masonry; leaking roof; defective rainwater goods, usually accompanied by rot outbreaks; general deterioration of most elements of the building fabric, including external joinery; or where there has been a fire or other disaster which has affected part of the building”.
If we then take into consideration the fact that the building is unoccupied, it is clearly it fits the criteria perfectly as an at risk building, and yet there is no mention of it.
If we then develop this argument a step further and examine the back ground of the owner of the building Persimmon homes, they have vast resources available to protect this building for the benefit and use of a wider community.
Yet Lichfield District Council sit idly by and allow this to happen, I wonder why LDC consistently avoid any enforcement action against Persimmon Homes?
I have emailed Debbie Boffin, the Senior Conservation Officer for LDC, and asked her why, watch this space.