Stop heritage from being lost

It was good to see Suzanne Stanley bringing all our attention to the Grade II-listed cattle shelters at Percy Wood Golf Club.

I often walk through the woods with my dogs along the forestry tracks adjacent to the golf club and have noticed the fall into dilapidation of these unique buildings.

It seems that there is a reluctance on the part of the golf club owners to preserve these buildings even though, as pointed out, they could make a fine shelter for its golfers especially in wet weather.

There also seems a similar reluctance by NCC to use its powers under the Listed Building and Conservation Areas Act 1990, which as I understand it under sections 54 and 55 allows NCC to carry out repairs to secure the cattle shelters preservation and recover the cost from the owner (Percy Wood).

The situation regarding the cattle shelters seems to encapsulate the current malaise in our society to use financial expediencies as an excuse to absolve civic and personal responsibility.

However, this attitude seem to respond to adverse publicity, and I hope Suzanne Stanleys correspondence will get things moving and prevent yet another example of our local heritage disappearing.

Barry White,

Swarland