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Wisbech Society 'disappointed' with portfolio holder

We were most disappointed to read the public attack (Citizen, January 15) by Coun Tierney on the conservation officers at Fenland District Council, the council for which he is a portfolio holder.

Wisbech Society knows how frustrating acts of vandalism and anti-social behaviour are on both our own and other important assets of the town. We believe that the complaints and disgust should be aimed at the perpetrators of the vandalism and that those are the persons who should be vilified and pursued with all vigour.

In Fenland we have very good, conscientious conservation officers who, although overworked, apply their skills diligently to the protection of the important heritage buildings of Wisbech and Fenland, as well as providing advice to owners and developers.

County Councillor Steve Tierney.. (19626479)
County Councillor Steve Tierney.. (19626479)

Coun Tierney should know that the officers are guided by national regulations and guidelines and that any alterations to listed buildings and their curtilage (including the surrounding walls) must have Listed Building Consent – this is not a local requirement, but necessary in national planning law.

These requirements are vital to the preservation of listed buildings and conservation areas of the town against the ever-present threat of dereliction and despoiling of our heritage by acts arising from ignorance and commercialism.

We would recommend that this process is followed and an acceptable solution found.

The Wisbech Society, who has some skills and experience in conservation of listed buildings, recognises and supports the hard work done by the Castle volunteers and would be pleased, in consultation with the conservation officers, to assist with advice to Coun Tierney to ensure the protection and preservation of the character of the Grade 2 listed Castle buildings and surrounding structures, which are such an important part of Wisbech.

Wisbech Society and

Preservation Trust Ltd.

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