'Balance needs to be struck' over sale of Pembrokeshire's historic buildings

Barnard's Tower

Pater Tower

Lydstep Palace

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"A balance needs to be struck."

That's the view of a historical buildings specialist following news that Pembrokeshire County Council is to sell three historic buildings.

Barnard's Tower in Pembroke, Lydstep Palace in Lydstep and Pater Church Tower in Pembroke Dock have been put on the market.

Barnard's Tower is a scheduled ancient monument, while Lydstep Palace and Pater Church Tower are Grade I listed buildings.

Thomas Lloyd, joint author of the Pevsner buildings of Wales books and former chair of the Historic Buildings Council for Wales, said: "Very good uses can now be found for ancient buildings but care has to be taken with them.

"There's always a worry when something, which has been in the public domain, goes into private hands.

"Lydstep Palace might possibly make a wonderful private house but then it would not be publically accessible, so a balance needs to be struck."

Mr Thomas said the buildings were of "great historic interest" and "three of the most significant smaller ancient buildings of Pembrokeshire."

Speaking about Barnard's tower, Pembroke and Monkton Local History Society chairman Linda Asman said: "I cannot believe that such a vitally important part of Pembroke's medieval heritage could be sold off - it would be like selling the castle."

But council leader Councillor Jamie Adams said: "These buildings have been in the council's ownership for some time but unfortunately – due to the current challenging economic times - we are unable to continue caring for them and they have been identified as surplus to requirements."

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6:19pm Fri 5 Jul 13

Jonathan Nutting says...

This is a farce. The county council has no moral right to sell of an integral part of the historic town of Pembroke. Shame on the people who thought they should do this without any dialogue with the Town. Maybe it will be the next South Pembrokeshire HMO!
This is a farce. The county council has no moral right to sell of an integral part of the historic town of Pembroke. Shame on the people who thought they should do this without any dialogue with the Town. Maybe it will be the next South Pembrokeshire HMO! Jonathan Nutting
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10:21pm Fri 5 Jul 13

Tttoommy says...

Science Fiction, I'm sure ---->

so the council (full of "experts" ) who we pay a f*****g fortune to- as they are the best of the best , get experts who we pay another fortune to will value these places for £2.50, the new owners will plead they cannot make any money from the places as they are without spending a fortune to maintain them so Pembs CC will bend over back wards to help them and suddenly these "building plots" will be worth a fortune - once again, nothing to do with freemasonry, just standard practice with councils :((
Science Fiction, I'm sure ----> so the council (full of "experts" ) who we pay a f*****g fortune to- as they are the best of the best , get experts who we pay another fortune to will value these places for £2.50, the new owners will plead they cannot make any money from the places as they are without spending a fortune to maintain them so Pembs CC will bend over back wards to help them and suddenly these "building plots" will be worth a fortune - once again, nothing to do with freemasonry, just standard practice with councils :(( Tttoommy
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12:12pm Sun 7 Jul 13

KeanJo says...

If they want to get rid of everything( or anyone), Which are" surplus to requirements" I'm sure the people of Pembrokeshire can make many many suggestions.
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If they want to get rid of everything( or anyone), Which are" surplus to requirements" I'm sure the people of Pembrokeshire can make many many suggestions. . KeanJo
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