Campaigner launches bid to save Chesterfield’s historic black and white buildings

One of the black and white buildings in Chesterfield town centre which Andrew Hollyer is concerned about. Picture from his group's Facebook page.
One of the black and white buildings in Chesterfield town centre which Andrew Hollyer is concerned about. Picture from his group's Facebook page.

A campaigner is calling for urgent action to save Chesterfield’s historic black and white buildings.

Concerned Andrew Hollyer has launched an online petition to highlight the “very poor state” of some of the buildings in the town centre.

Andrew said: “One of the big attractions of living in Chesterfield is the wonderful range of black and white buildings.

“They’re not Tudor – which they’re sometimes mistaken for – but nevertheless they still have a very interesting history and help make Chesterfield the place it is.

“There are so many that they’re probably not studied too closely by those of us who live here.

“We just know that, with the Crooked Spire and the market, they help make the town centre a bit special.

“Tourists, though, often comment very admiringly on them.

“But some buildings are now in a very poor state.

“Next time you’re on Knifesmithgate take a closer look at the Victoria Centre.

“Above the ground floor veranda you’ll see badly rotting windows – and where big chunks of plaster have fallen off.

“It’s in a really poor state and getting worse as each month goes by.

“The town cannot let this happen to these special buildings – but often the owners live far away and don’t want to spend money.

“So what can be done?

“I think the first step is to draw as much attention as possible to the issue and demonstrate that there is a lot of concern in Chesterfield over the future of these buildings

“In my view, although Chesterfield Borough Council doesn’t own the neglected buildings and has limited powers, it surely has a role to play in co-ordinating action to make sure the necessary steps are taken to sort things,” added Chesterfield resident Andrew.

To sign his petition, visit www.cfield.lib.dm/bkwh

Andrew has also set up a Facebook group – search for ‘Save Chesterfield’s Black and White Buildings’ on the social networking site.