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Built heritage 'at mercy of red tape'

Historian's gripe with protection measures

The Island's planning process makes it difficult to protect registered heritage sites, according to a local historian. 

Peter Kelly, who specialises in architectural history, says there is no timescale for ensuring buildings are adequately protected - and as a result, many are left in a poor condition.

A register of protected buildings is managed by a dedicated team within DEFA's planning division, but owners are responsible for upkeep themselves.

Mr Kelly says important sites are not protected as they should be, as a final decision on many buildings put forward for registration is often delayed.

He claims the system is not geared to protecting the Island's built heritage:

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