Call to save Bridgwater landmark buildings

Dave Chapple outside of The Hope Inn on Taunton Road

Dave Chapple outside of The Hope Inn on Taunton Road

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PEOPLE in Bridgwater are being urged to save important landmark buildings in the town centre from being demolished or turned into blocks of flats.

Buildings such as The Hope Inn, Bridgwater Magistrates Court, The Black Horse Inn and Castle House are among the landmarks identified as important to keep intact.

The idea is part of the Community Right to Bid legislation brought in by the Government in 2012 to give community organisations the right to identify assets they believe are of value to the community and nominate them to be listed on the council’s register of assets of community value.

If the asset comes up for sale the community will be given time to make a bid to buy it on the open market.

Bridgwater Civic Society chairman Dave Chapple said: “There are five or six buildings in or around Bridgwater that could be demolished or turned into flats.

“They are any number of buildings that would be a loss to the community.

“People need to start to think about other buildings which could be of use for the community.”

A working party has been set up by the town council to look at buildings which could be listed as assets of community value.

There are issues with Commu-ity Right to Bid – for example, it does not guarantee that the community will be able to buy the asset.

Cllr Brian Smedley is on the council’s working party, but said he has his doubts about the effectiveness of the legislation.

He said: “Once an asset is registered it can only delay a sale by up to six months.

“The owner’s under no obligation to sell to the community group, and can hang on for six months and sell on to the highest bidder.

“The whole process gives false hope to the local community.

“It can delay a sale and annoy a property owner, but that’s the most that can be achieved.”

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11:29pm Wed 14 May 14

swjoduk says...

The Black Horse? No thanks.

Hope Inn and Magistrates Courts are attractive buildings and should be preserved
The Black Horse? No thanks. Hope Inn and Magistrates Courts are attractive buildings and should be preserved swjoduk
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2:52am Thu 15 May 14

Three Pots Derek says...

swjoduk wrote:
The Black Horse? No thanks.

Hope Inn and Magistrates Courts are attractive buildings and should be preserved
Lets keep some of old Bridgwater, these old buildings have formed the fabric of the town so lets keep them not replace them with a boring block of flats.
[quote][p][bold]swjoduk[/bold] wrote: The Black Horse? No thanks. Hope Inn and Magistrates Courts are attractive buildings and should be preserved[/p][/quote]Lets keep some of old Bridgwater, these old buildings have formed the fabric of the town so lets keep them not replace them with a boring block of flats. Three Pots Derek
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8:51am Thu 15 May 14

mikeymike says...

Unfortunately it's bridgwaters history that will always hold it back. The town needs to be modernised to attract new business, but this will never happen because of the historical buildings.

As nice as it is to keep bridgwaters history, sometimes you just need to move forward and I don't mean just to build flats!!
Unfortunately it's bridgwaters history that will always hold it back. The town needs to be modernised to attract new business, but this will never happen because of the historical buildings. As nice as it is to keep bridgwaters history, sometimes you just need to move forward and I don't mean just to build flats!! mikeymike
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12:05pm Thu 15 May 14

swjoduk says...

One thing I feel was a travesty was knocking down of the old Cellophane chimney, this I feel played far too an important role in Bridgwater for it to be demolished.

Big loss of industrial heritage
One thing I feel was a travesty was knocking down of the old Cellophane chimney, this I feel played far too an important role in Bridgwater for it to be demolished. Big loss of industrial heritage swjoduk
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8:17pm Fri 16 May 14

MR.GOF says...

what next blake museum?this town has moved on and not for the best,bridgwater must keep it`s history somewhere.to much thought is about tax....
what next blake museum?this town has moved on and not for the best,bridgwater must keep it`s history somewhere.to much thought is about tax.... MR.GOF
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9:49am Mon 19 May 14

The Central Scrutinizer says...

The Black Horse? Seriously?
The Black Horse? Seriously? The Central Scrutinizer
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