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Wednesday, 26 September, 2001, 15:08 GMT 16:08 UK
Lord Byron home in 'poor repair'
Boarded up window at Colwick Hall in Nottingham
The council says the listed building is being neglected
Urgent repairs are needed at an historic house once owned by the poet Lord Byron's family, according to Nottingham City Council.

Council officials said they would take court action unless repairs are completed soon at Colwick Hall, which is on the River Trent in Nottingham.

They say the pub company Scottish & Newcastle, which leases Colwick Hall, has let the building run down.

Nottingham City Council leader Graham Chapman said: "They have taken out a lease, but it is now in a poor state of repair.

Cllr Graham Chapman
Cll Graham Chapman: "Clear obligation"
"It's up to them to put it back into the state it used to be in.

"It's their clear obligation and it's a shame it has got to this stage," he said.

Officials said the grade two listed building was seriously deteriorating as a result of weather damage and vandalism.

Scottish & Newcastle has been asked to carry out urgent repair work and replace missing doors and fireplaces. Some structural repairs are also necessary.

Last month the company appealed against an enforcement order forcing it to carry out the repairs. It said the timescale was too short.

Standing empty

In a statement Scottish & Newcastle said the building was structurally sound.

The company said it had done its best to protect the empty property against vandalism, but added the council had turned down requests to use the property for offices or housing.

The 18th-Century hall has been empty for several years.

Next month a government planning inspector will decide if Scottish & Newcastle should comply with the council's order to carry out the repairs.

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