An­cient house is crum­bling to dust

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

I AM ex­tremely con­cerned that noth­ing – I re­peat noth­ing – has been or is be­ing done to re­store the an­cient Dower House in the High Street, Har­ling­ton, Mid­dle­sex.

Even English Her­itage re­fuses to re­spond to any of my emails of in­quiry; and Hilling­don Coun­cil only re­sponds if I make a for­mal com­plaint.

It is many years since this iconic and an­cient build­ing was burnt down – ar­son was sus­pected, but re­port­edly the po­lice gave up in­ves­ti­gat­ing this.

Over the years wet rot and now se­vere dry rot must be re­duc­ing the re­main­ing tim­bers to dust.

The se­cu­rity fenc­ing has been bro­ken down in places so that ac­cess to the ru­ins is now easy. How­ever there can’t be much left to steal.

And the huge trees at the front are now in such a poor shape that their branches are dy­ing and fall­ing off. What an ap­palling sit­u­a­tion. C.J. BRADY

Har­ling­ton

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