Guardians of our heritage

31 May

In case you missed it, SIN would like to highlight this comment left by Professor Mark Horton (see What price Britain’s Heritage?post 28 May), with thanks to him:

‘The saga of the longboat house is one of monstrous incompetence and willful neglect of our world heritage by various organisations that have been entrusted with the protection of our heritage and environment. Much of the blame lies with English Heritage, who failed to list the building despite an overwhelming intellectual and historical case to do so. This is the last remaining example of this type of building, and on those grounds alone, it should have been protected. The fact it is also in the WHS, and connected to existing Grade 2 buildings strengthens the case. I am afraid that their failure to list is based on crass ignorance of our maritime heritage, and a basic failure of their competence as guardians of our heritage.

The district council have not come out well either, showing themselves to be supine is a very clear case of an application that both fails to follow their own planning guidance, and WHS management panning, and which would have been clearly thrown out at Public Inquiry.

Please continue to support this campaign. I would love to feature the longboat house on Coast – its a fabulous story and one that needs telling to the wider world.’

5 Responses to “Guardians of our heritage”

  1. stoneleighblogger May 31, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    So will this piece of history be preserved, and continue to attract tourists long into the future, or will it become a litter infested money-spinner for the owner at the expense of the other small businesses in the town. I do hope it is preserved so that we can continue to enjoy our walks along the beachfront when we visit from London.

  2. Marker May 31, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    This is completely bonkers…. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is designated because of the geology not a carbuncle of a Victorian out house stuck by the sea. Have you taken a good look at it “professor”!

    The associated cottages were listed as a result of David Daniels trying to stop the development I understand – he put them and the boat house forward but got the result he did after E Heritage looked long and hard at the issue. So EH did a good and thorough job it seems.

    Stop being so mischievous and silly….

    Knock the thing down!

    • David Daniel June 1, 2013 at 10:20 am #

      You are factually incorrect, as ever. Two independent, and near simultaneous, applications were made to English Heritage to list the Coastguard buildings as a complex. Neither of them were made by me as it happens, though I fully support the idea. You also misread what Mark Horton actually says as well as misspelling my name.

  3. Marker June 2, 2013 at 6:49 am #

    Well in Exmouth we don’t get hung up as much as you appear to do in BS over such things. Maybe we have bigger problems vis Elizabeth Hall!!!! Sorry about the extra “s”….

  4. Not A Developer June 2, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    Surely in an area such as East Devon there is room to cherish our heritage as well as to attract those who want a more modern, every-seaside-town-looks-the-same-which-way-to-the-chain-burger-bar-from-the-chain-hotel ethos that is taking hold in Exmouth.

    If that is what Exmouth wants, indeed let them have it. Though I am not sure that is what they want.

    Personally I’m waiting for the Travelodge in the Blackdown Hills.

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