Today we have received news from English Heritage relating to the listing status change we applied for earlier this year. The consensus of the group was that that we attempt to amend the listing status to grade II* or even grade I. We felt this change would bring better protection to the building.
We now have a window of 21 days from today to make any further information or observations on the consultation report which we believe might be relevant to the assessment.
This is the link to the documents that English Heritage will be submitting to the Secretary of State; Consultation Report
Can you please read the report and feed back any thoughts or comments that you feel would be relevant to the success of this application. We certainly feel that a significant history has been omitted in relation to the social and cultural changes bought about by the industrial revolution resulting in the outbreaks of cholera in the Black Country which the provision of clean water was there to address.
We may also be able to build upon the unique characteristics of the engine, and the fact that its condition is recorded as ‘vulnerable’, however we would argue ‘at risk’.
So this we can maintain the integrity of our timetables, can you get responses back to us for 20 September 2014.
Are there any wordsmiths out there who would like to assemble the feedback into a well worded report?
Finally, please remember that the date of the next progress meeting of the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station is Thursday 25 September @ 7:30, the Cruck House Lichfield.
Thank you once again for your generous support.