Stop the Rot comes to the Isle of Wight

By a County Press reporter

Friday, August 8, 2014


Stop the Rot comes to the Isle of Wight

The former Frank James Hospital, which is on the English Heritage At Risk register. PIcture by Robin Crossley.

ENGLISH Heritage is to stage its much acclaimed 'Stopping the Rot’ presentation on the Isle of Wight next month.

The event on Friday, September 26, is being run in conjunction with the Friends of Frank James who recently presented nearly 3,000 signatures to the Isle of Wight Council calling on it to use its statutory powers to compel the owners of the former Frank James Memorial Hospital to undertake urgent repairs.

Friend of Frank James Ian Pickard said: "We are delighted that English Heritage has offered to run this free event here on the Isle of Wight.

"We believe it reflects the concern of English Heritage at the disproportionate number of listed buildings currently considered to be at risk on the Island.

"The event offers anyone who is currently involved with or maybe thinking about saving a listed building or cherished local landmark the opportunity to understand the support network out there and to realise the importance placed nationally on the conservation of important heritage buildings."

The free event is being staged at the Grade II listed Northwood House, Cowes, which along with Franks James, is on the official register of Heritage at Risk.

Mr Pickard added: "Per head of population, the Island has more listed buildings at risk than any other part of the south coast.

"We are determined not to allow the Isle of Wight to be bottom of the class when it comes to protecting Island heritage and we feel the council could be doing more to help".

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