Save Our Heritage Melton Mowbray

Save Our Heritage Melton Mowbray

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Please sign this petition as a follow up to the first petition by Glynn cartwright. This will enable us to progress with potential negotiations. Both MBC and Homes England are taking us here at SOH Melton Mowbray very seriously and now we need to generate a second petition to give our new plight a chance. 

The NHS/Homes England have amended their application for Planning Permission to demolish most of the old St Mary’s Hospital site on Thorpe Road, Melton Mowbray to make way for 44 dwellings. The proposal would be to demolish all of the old buildings on site with the exception of part of the original Workhouse central part and incorporate that into the housing to give 4 x 1 bed apartments. It would include demolition of the Vagrants Cells.

We can come to an arrangement with the developers by virtues of regular meetings. But after a meeting it has been disclosed that if we try too hard to save the vagrant cells and succeed we could lose the whole site and all its history, by means of natural aging making building unsafe, arson or vandalism.

We now propose to take a new angle and save the whole of the work house and the wings. The wings are planned to be demolished in and just the central block retained. Arthur Payne our local historian has pointed out that there is graffiti on the brick work of the wings dating back to the workhouse era, so this gives a little leverage. The vagrant cells we are now proposing to ask the developers for £20000 to fund relocation of 2 cells to the carnegie museum, if they would accept. Unfortunately other sites that have workhouses are not in a position to accommodate the cells. This proposal would open the doors to negotiations. We also want the bricks and coping stones saved that are under the 2 trees near the entrance, and the reclaimed bricks that are usable to build either seats or planters around the town. 

We know that the site is one of Melton’s few remaining sites of local history. Over the years much of Melton’s history has been demolished. We say brownfield land owners must not keep selling off local historical assets for housing development. A compromise must be found. There can be no dispute the town will need more housing but it also needs its heritage, which in this case includes the Workhouse including wings and partial saving of the Vagrants Cells. A way must be found to retain our town’s heritage for the benefit of our children and grandchildren and generations to come.

We call upon MBC, Councillors and the Developers/Homes England to work together with the people of Melton to find an acceptable solution to this problem before the site is sold.

Melton Mowbray is Our Town, Our Streets, Our Homes. They and Our Town’s History Matter To All of Us

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