Halstead: This old house is much loved

Halstead Gazette: The Brookes family have been improving their house for 48 years The Brookes family have been improving their house for 48 years

A homeowner whose Tudor property is in a rundown conservation area has defended the efforts his family have made to renovate their home.

Swan Street in Sible Hedingham has remained on this year’s Heritage at Risk Register after English Heritage, which publishes the list, said the area was in poor condition.

It has blamed poor woodwork and street clutter.

Chris Brookes lives next to The Swan pub and said while he agreed his property was “tired looking” it has been improved vastly over nearly 50 years.

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10:48pm Sun 2 Dec 12

Boris says...

Mr Brookes certainly isn't responsible for the "street furniture".
People who allow a listed building to deteriorate can be ordered to carry out repairs. The council can compulsorily purchase if they fail to do so, .
If this is the case, the council should get off the pot and do their duty.
If the house is in a sound condition, then EH should get off the owner's back, and leave him in peace.
Mr Brookes certainly isn't responsible for the "street furniture". People who allow a listed building to deteriorate can be ordered to carry out repairs. The council can compulsorily purchase if they fail to do so, . If this is the case, the council should get off the pot and do their duty. If the house is in a sound condition, then EH should get off the owner's back, and leave him in peace. Boris

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