Winter Gardens heritage listing gains council support

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 March 2015 | UPDATED: 10:40 23 March 2015

Steven Harrison campaigning to have Winter Gardens  listed.

Steven Harrison campaigning to have Winter Gardens listed.

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LISTING the Winter Gardens on the English Heritage register has received unanimous support by Weston Town Council.

The Weston Winter Gardens Campaign, run by Mark Thyer and Steven Harrison, aims to get the seafront building listed to give it ‘extra protection’ against future developments.

The campaign was prompted by North Somerset Council agreeing to transfer the community facility to Weston College for a nominal £1 fee.

On Monday, the town council agreed to support the application to have it placed on the statutory list of protected buildings.

If successful, it would mean any changes and additions to the Winter Gardens would have to be of a high-architectural standard.

But the council said the support was not to ‘frustrate plans for educational expansion’.

Councillor John Crockford-Hawley, who put forward the proposal, said: “This is not attempting to stop development.

“If the building is on the statutory list, there will be national recognition for it as a building of some merit.

“All the other buildings of merit are already listed and everybody assumed the Winter Gardens pavilion was.”

Cllr Crockford-Hawley said if English Heritage was to list it, it would probably only be the seafront frontage and the ballroom.

Mr Harrison said he and Mr Thyer were pleased with the town council’s decision.

He said: “When we set up the campaign, it was regardless of anything happening recently but because it is an iconic piece of architecture and prominent on the seafront and it should have been listed anyway.

“Listing it would afford an extra level of protection and it is very special to a lot of people.

“It’s not a case of being against any redevelopment or regeneration.”

Campaigners are now waiting to hear back from English Heritage on whether their application has been successful.

The town council agreed to write to the heritage body to express its support for putting the building on the register.


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