PRESS RELEASE 1 May 2018
COUNCIL NEGLECT CAUSES HITCHIN HISTORIC HOUSE GIVEN TO THE TOWN TO FALL INTO DISREPAIR
Crumbling masonry, peeling window frames and reports of basement flooding are examples of Charnwood’s steadily deteriorating condition and are of great concern to local residents, according to members of the Charnwood Community Management Association (CCMA).
The association set up four years ago aims to lease or acquire the elegant 19th century Grade 2 building from NHDC when it eventually declares it surplus to requirements and to open it as a home for small community groups.
The house which was gifted to the town 80 years ago by the Moss family to be used for the benefit of the community has not been open to the public for five years.
Bernard Eddleston, Chairman of CCMA, said, “A considerable sum of money will need to be spent by the District Council to bring the building up to acceptable standards. Will such monies be forthcoming?
“We can see no reason why the Museum service cannot vacate the building now even though the new museum dispute has not been resolved.
“NHDC continues to lack respect for the views of the people of Hitchin. CCMA urges it to consult us so this iconic building doesn’t join the list of disasters, such as the new Museum and Churchgate.”