The Cornish Guardian writes:
ARDENT residents gathered outside Huer’s Hut in Newquay on Saturday in protest against the iconic building’s state of disrepair. Townsfolk say their “beloved” building, which is more than 600 year’s old, is in poor condition and fear it may not survive the winter if action is not taken immediately to repair it.
On Saturday, around 40 residents waved banners and chanted outside the Grade II* listed building in a desperate plea to have their concerns heard by Cornwall Council, which owns the landmark.
Resident Jon Goodman, who organised the protest, said: “This was a protest meeting at the Huer's Hut to show Cornwall Council that we are not happy at the state of disrepair that our beloved Huer's Hut is in, under their care.
“We demand action is taken immediately to make sure the building survives the winter without any more decay occurring.”
The hut is perched on the cliffs above Newquay Bay and dates back to the 14th century. It was used by a ‘huer’ who would alert townsfolk to the arrival of pilchard shoals and direct fishing boats into the best positions to net them.
It is maintained using a soft lime wash and plaster, which allows the stone to ‘breathe’, but last year the Cornish Guardian reported claims that council contractors has used the wrong kind of plaster to maintain it. The building was later given a makeover in the summer of 2012.
Geoff Brown, Cornwall Councillor for Newquay central ward, said the building was “really suffering” and that Cornwall Council was making steps to find out how best to repair it.
He said: “It is all in hand. I have seen it myself and have contacted the necessary people at county.
“Cormak have been around on request of our property team. They have made the area safer and removed blocks from the roof.
“It was refurbished in spring 2012 but unfortunately it is really suffering at the moment [due to] its exposed position. It is built with a lot of slate which is delaminating and has become very brittle.
“We are looking at how best to move forward. We need to get specialist advice as to how to move forward to repair it. English Heritage has been contacted.
“It is not going to be a quick fix. We want to do it properly and hopefully have it sorted in the time for spring. It’s like all old buildings. They do deteriorate.”
Grade II* listed buildings are deemed as “particularly important” and of more than special interest; 5.5% of listed buildings are Grade II*
Read more: http://www.cornishguardian.co.uk/Residents-protest-save-crumbling-Newquay-landmark/story-20030790-detail/story.html#ixzz2jl7kz8bQ
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