TG Greens must be Saved

A FAMOUS pottery factory now ravaged by vandalism and thefts could see some of its buildings bulldozed in an urgent bid to save its listed kilns.

The new owner of TG Green, in Church Gresley, has said much of the six-acre site is being destroyed by vandalism and decay, and work needs to begin to preserve its heritage.

New owner Victor Brewin has applied to South Derbyshire District Council for permission to demolish several buildings to enable security measures and carry out repairs to the Grade II* listed units.

TG Green was the manufacturer of the world-famous Cornish Blue pottery.

A report to the council by the agent, AR Argyle Frics, said: "The area has suffered decline in the last 25 years following the end of coal and clay extraction. It is now dominated by metal and waste reclamation activities with significant derelict land and under-utilised older buildings."

The building of the factory started in 1871, much of which was then rebuilt after a fire in 1904 with subsequent extensions in 1955 and 1973.

The report said: "Production ceased in 2005 and the property has been vacant with increasing dereliction largely as a result of theft and vandalism."

Until January 2013 the property was owned by John Perks, who investigated prospects for preservation. The property was then sold to the present applicant who already had an adjoining ownership.

The kilns are Grade II* listed for special architectural or historic interest. The listing refers to the four brick bottled kilns encompassed by other buildings.

The report revealed: "Following the new owner's purchase he has unfortunately been compelled to focus on securing the buildings against thieves and trespassers rather than on their preservation."

There has been extensive theft of lead and pipework from the buildings, leaving many relics destroyed.

In addition, the pace of decay has accelerated. There is a serious wet rot in some roofs and part of one of the walls has collapsed.

The report said: "The continuing need for urgent remedial work to save the historic structures is clearly apparent."

The new application proposes to save the bottle kilns and some surrounding buildings and remove redundant structures, allowing access to the roofs and restoration of walls which existed before the 20th century extensions.

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