Historic buildings in "Royal" English seaside resort face demolition

Source: Xinhua| 2019-02-12 08:53:56|Editor: Yang Yi
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LONDON, Feb.11 (Xinhua) -- A race against time to save two demolition-threatened landmark buildings in the English seaside resort of Bognor Regis was announced Monday by national heritage campaigners SAVE.

The pair of late Victorian-era houses in the town's Waterloo Square are part of what was once a run of historic buildings on the famous seafront, opposite a grade II listed pleasure pier.

SAVE said the local council has given the go-ahead for the demolition. The group says the two threatened houses are Buildings of Special Character in a conservation area.

"The suffix Regis (as in Bognor Regis and Lyme Regis) is a rare accolade and implies special Royal recognition of the character of a place," said Marcus Binney, executive president of SAVE.

"Bognor has lost too much of its heritage including Craigweil House where the King (George V) stayed during his convalescence in 1929. It is at a point where further loss of historic buildings will destroy the cohesion and character of the town," he said.