Leaflet will help Bourne conservation area residents

Bourne Preservation Society committee members Jonathan Smith, Robert Kitchener, James Wherry, Michael McGregor, Anthony Jennings and chairman Jack Slater look at a new advice leaflet for Bourne conservation area residents
Bourne Preservation Society committee members Jonathan Smith, Robert Kitchener, James Wherry, Michael McGregor, Anthony Jennings and chairman Jack Slater look at a new advice leaflet for Bourne conservation area residents

A new advice leaflet has been published to help people living in a conservation area make appropriate repairs to their homes.

Bourne Preservation Society has sent the leaflet to every house within the Bourne conservation area.

It gives advice on how residents can make repairs to their homes that will fit in with the character of the area.

Anthony Jennings, committee member of Bourne Preservation Society, said: “The leaflet stresses that conservation area constraints should not be seen as a threat but on the contrary as beneficial both to individual property owners and to the community as a whole.

“It will help bring in visitors and help to maintain property values.

“Proper conservation is often less costly, being largely a matter of maintenance of original features such as wooden doors, sash windows and leaded lights.

“Wholesale renovation often does more harm than good by destroying historic character, particularly when carried out with inappropriate, short-lived and environmentally unfriendly materials such as uPVC. “

The leaflet has been produced to tie in with an update South Kesteven District Council has made to Bourne’s conservation area appraisal and management plan.

After consulation with the preservation society the council has expanded the conservation area to include part of North Road and West Road to reflect the later development of the town and good quality 19th and early 20th century townscape.

The conservation area also includes Market Place, North Street (including part of Burghley Street and Wherry’s Lane), West Street, South Street, Abbey Road, Abbey Lawn and Wellhead Fields.

A council spokesman said: “The council and the society are committed to ensuring Bourne’s rich heritage, dating back to the Roman period, is kept intact.”

To read the leaflet and appraisal documents in full, visit the council’s website at www.southkesteven.gov.uk/conservationappraisals