Bridgwater group urges people to protect community buildings

Bridgwater group urges people to protect community buildings

Bridgwater group urges people to protect community buildings

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BRIDGWATER and District Civic Society are urging people to put their favourite buildings forward as community assets - or risk losing them forever.

In response to the proposed demolition of the Pig and Whistle pub in Sydenham, the Society has expressed concerns there are still no Bridgwater entries on the Sedgemoor District Council Assets of Community Value Register.

The Register allows buildings which are of community value to be saved from sale and demolition for six months, to provide an opportunity for fundraising for community purchase, under the Community Right to Bid.

A spokesman for the group said: “It does not guarantee success, but it is at least a way of raising the profile of community assets and putting pressure on owners to consider community need, and not just commercial marketing.”

To nominate a community building or to join the society, call Glen Burrows on 07813 562 869/01278 450562.

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6:28pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Blue Owl says...

This is just a delaying process to any buildings that are on the open market, the civic Group have little or no real chance of obtaining funding, or indeed raising essential funds for any designated building, @ the last BTC Meeting I attended they proposed to save two building, one being the Old Magistrates Listed Court Building, the other a Semi detatched Retail shop, I believe. ??
Neither of these Buildings did they Intend to process a Plan to save them for this Cause, the Town Council Said that whilst they could list them as Buildings of interest, there was no commitment to fund the Purchase of either of them.
The Former Magistrates Court being Grade 2 Listed, means that very little can be altered within the Structure or the internal fixtures and fittings.
Commercially, I would imagine the Market value would be £150-£250 Thousand, without renovation costs, then you have to consider possible usage !!! That would be allowed by the Planning Authorities.
It's like the " Folly " that is the Concrete ruin in Queen St, a building that has little historical richness to Bridgwater, an actual concrete Panel block construction, that even the Concrete Block Company is not interested in preserving, so it is left, deteriating, I lived opposite to it ,in my twenties, when first married, when there were flats, and A Lady called Millie, lived there, she used to have a Button stall, in the Market @ the Cornhill.
Since then it is Unfortunatly, nothing more than an eyesore.
This is just a delaying process to any buildings that are on the open market, the civic Group have little or no real chance of obtaining funding, or indeed raising essential funds for any designated building, @ the last BTC Meeting I attended they proposed to save two building, one being the Old Magistrates Listed Court Building, the other a Semi detatched Retail shop, I believe. ?? Neither of these Buildings did they Intend to process a Plan to save them for this Cause, the Town Council Said that whilst they could list them as Buildings of interest, there was no commitment to fund the Purchase of either of them. The Former Magistrates Court being Grade 2 Listed, means that very little can be altered within the Structure or the internal fixtures and fittings. Commercially, I would imagine the Market value would be £150-£250 Thousand, without renovation costs, then you have to consider possible usage !!! That would be allowed by the Planning Authorities. It's like the " Folly " that is the Concrete ruin in Queen St, a building that has little historical richness to Bridgwater, an actual concrete Panel block construction, that even the Concrete Block Company is not interested in preserving, so it is left, deteriating, I lived opposite to it ,in my twenties, when first married, when there were flats, and A Lady called Millie, lived there, she used to have a Button stall, in the Market @ the Cornhill. Since then it is Unfortunatly, nothing more than an eyesore. Blue Owl
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