Today Historic England release their revised and updated Heritage at Risk Register.
The register includes historic sites throughout the country which are at risk of being lost forever. Many of the identified sites lie decaying and neglected with the gap between repair costs and their value growing daily.
Some good news this year is that there are fewer entries to the Heritage at Risk Register than last year, but as some sites are repaired, unfortunately others are added.
In our region, the East Midlands, we still have too many assets included on the Register with the overall numbers increasing by thirty-seven.
The city of Derby retains four buildings at risk including Allestree Hall that is currently owned by Derby City Council who appear to have mothballed the site with no sustainable solution currently found. The Darley Abbey Mills complex remains on the Heritage at Risk Register though the current owners are doing a great job of repairing sections and now have the majority of the site let.
Within Derbyshire, the south of the county includes the greatest number of assets at risk with a total of sixteen. One of two that are high priority is the former T G Greens pottery works at Church Gresley. Having been abandoned for many years with repeated vandalism and neglect parts of the site are now beginning to collapse and without urgent works being completed there is an ever present danger of total loss.
Some good news is that Stydd Hall is now removed from the Heritage at Risk Register having been repaired with the help of an Historic England grant.
Overall it is a very sorry story for our Heritage at Risk and with Grade II Listed Buildings and those which are locally listed not being included a true picture of the plight of all of our heritage assets is really known.
To find out more about the latest Historic England Heritage at Risk Register 2016 please visit Historic England's site here