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Vandalism in Conservation Area condemned

August 1, 2011 11:56 AM

Councillor Jeanette Sunderland has contacted the Council's Heritage Conservation Unit furious at the wanton destruction of fine historical

architectural details of a shop in Idle village conservation area. Builders putting up a new shop front at 6 The Green, Idle have smashed off a stone lintel over the weekend removing a key feature that had been hidden behind a tatty shop sign.

"I contacted the planners as soon as I saw the vandalism but the builders have smashed off the stone over the weekend. This is wanton destruction of period features from the row of 19th century shops in the Conservation Area. Across the Conservation Area businesses and residents alike have to comply with the rules that govern the management of Conservation Areas I am furious that this business has decided to ignore it. I am sure that other local people are fed up with people who buy conservation properties and then completely ignore the guidance. The Council needs to toughen up its stance and make sure our heritage is protected."