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Ancient homes need action now

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: October 02, 2012

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WHO would have believed that eight months after a devastating fire ripped through a row of gorgeous thatched cottages in Crediton, re- building would still not have started?

Ordinary people reacted with compassion and concern when the residents of the six cottages in Buller Square were made homeless last February.

A collection to help them raised more than £10,000 in the first week alone.

Despite the extent of the damage, the expectation was that these listed buildings, among the most historic and important in Crediton, would be rebuilt.

Yet now not only are they still in ruins, the damage has actually got worse following the partial collapse of one.

And now we learn there is even the possibility they will never be rebuilt, and perhaps could even be demolished, due to an insurance dispute.

For goodness sake, can't someone in some kind of authority – council, English Heritage... anyone, just knock some heads together and get this sorted out?

It's not only the poor former inhabitants of these buildings being left in limbo, it's the possible loss to the town itself. These historic buildings should be treasured, not abandoned.

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