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Stately home 'needs protection'
Nocton Hall (photo by Peter J Murray)
The hall was hit by fire last year
Councillors are trying to find a solution to vandalism and arson at a former stately home near Lincoln.

Nocton Hall was severely damaged by fire a year ago and has been the target of several recent arson attacks.

North Kesteven District Council said the owners are not looking after it, but Oxfordshire-based Leda Properties said they still want to develop it.

Parish council chairman Trevor Morris said the problems will be discussed again at a meeting on Tuesday.

Mr Morris said: "It would be better if it was occupied. The best thing would be if the owners would come forward with a viable scheme to develop the premises."

'Trespass protection'

Leda Properties said they still intend to develop the property into housing, but have had problems with planning permission and opposition from local residents.

North Kesteven District Council spokesman Clive Redshaw said they are hoping the owners will take action to make the site "secure and protected against trespass".

"The last step would be to acquire the building - but we do not want to transfer the private liability into public hands," he said.

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