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Annual English Heritage At Risk Register shows progress in Boston

By Boston Target  |  Posted: October 23, 2012

  • BEFORE: 116 High Street before Heritage Lincolnshire started refurbishment works.

  • AFTER: 116 High Street still features on the at risk register despite its £2m refurbishment due to it not having a long-term user.

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THE annual English Heritage At Risk Register has been published and there has been positive progress in Boston.

Bay Hall, Benington and 116 High Street, Boston are two of the properties that have undergone major refurbishment works to pull them back to their former glory in the last year.

Head of planning and strategy. Steve Lumb said: "The 2012 register is virtually identical to 2011 including 116 High Street. "The register shows it as it was many years ago, derelict and boarded up, when we know full well it is now looking spectacular.

"Unfortunately the criteria suggests that the building or site is only removed from the register once a long-term user is found and the property occupied or under new use."

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The Grade II listed building had been left unloved and neglected for more than 25 years and was in a derelict state when Heritage Lincolnshire rescued it in 2008.

Historic building manager Laura Hodson said: "Hundreds of people have visited the building and all felt it has been restored well and were glad to see it open.

"After the building being on the at-risk register it's great to see it open and it's a positive thing for Boston in terms of restoration."

The register also states that Bayll Hall, Benington has a new owner with ongoing repairs but progress is being made with large areas of re-pointing completed.

However, an area that has been cause for concern and features on the list for the first time is Kirton Conservation Area.

Mr Lumb said: "There is only one change and that is an addition and is the Kirton Conservation Area, which is listed as 'poor' and 'deteriorating'.

"Our only control is through Development Control relating to those applying to alter and build.

"Boston Town Centre is also mentioned from last year also and remains so because all works and initiatives are still ongoing."

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