Five High Peak monuments at risk

ENGLISH HERITAGE’S latest register of buildings at risk includes five High Peak monuments.

The register looks at the condition of the country’s most important heritage assets, including grade I and grade II* listed buildings, listed places of worship, registered parks and gardens and conservation areas.

The High Peak monuments that are on the list are: Buxton’s Crescent, the Stodhart Tunnel in Chapel-en-le-Frith, the Torr Vale Mill in New Mills, the trans-shipment warehouse in Whaley Bridge and Christ Church, Burbage.

This year’s report shows that nationally three per cent of grade I and II* listed buildings are at risk, rising to four and a half per cent in the East Midlands.

Ten sites have been removed from the 2010 register but eight sites have been added.

Forty-six listed places of worship are included on the Register this year and English Heritage estimate that the cost of repairing these buildings is £8.8million.

Anthony Streeten, English Heritage Planning Director for the East Midlands, said: “The register of buildings at risk includes some particularly complex challenges. The East Midlands has more than its fair share of the nation’s most vulnerable treasures.

“Some of these buildings are the subject of a developer-led scheme awaiting implementation. Others, particularly some of the conservation areas, are symptoms of a local economy which lacks capacity and confidence. Experience shows that decades of decline can be reversed where public and private sectors combine to invest in historic buildings and public spaces.”