From Our Swindon Correspondent. The reason listed buildings fall apart is because they’re listed, see?
Last month it emerged that Shotton steelworks in north Wales – one of the society’s 10 most endangered buildings in 2018 – had been badly damaged. According to reports, vandals had knocked down partition walls, destroyed ornate panelling, and kicked in walls. Several fires had been lit and tiles thrown off the roof.
And last April, the Fisons factory in Bramford, described as “an irreplaceable part of Suffolk’s heritage” and featured in the society’s 2017 top 10, was burned to the ground by arsonists.
The vandalised buildings have often lain empty for years while their owners try to balance their plans for redevelopment against conservation restrictions.