Historic building in ‘shocking’ condition

File pic - Londesborough Lodge, in The Crescent. 093357s      'pic Andrew Higgins 14/08/09     'in News
File pic - Londesborough Lodge, in The Crescent. 093357s 'pic Andrew Higgins 14/08/09 'in News

A Scarborough woman has raised serious concerns about a Grade II listed building in Scarborough, which she says is “falling apart”.

Ani Tselha, who is a member of a Buddhist charity hoping to transform the property into a wellbeing centre, says urgent action needs to be taken.

Londesborough Lodge

Londesborough Lodge

She has passed these photographs, taken during a recent site visit, to The Scarborough News to try and make people aware of just how serious the situation has become.

Ms Tselha has also sent the photographs to Scarborough councillors and officers in an attempt to highlight the problem.

The property was recently put back on the market by the council as part of “due process” at offers over £350,000.

It is also the subject of a bid by Kagyu Samye Dzong, a Buddhist charity which is hoping to take the building on a lease as part of the council’s community asset transfer programme.

Londesborough Lodge

Londesborough Lodge

Ms Tselha says she hopes that whatever decision the council makes, they will make it swiftly before the building is allowed to deteriorate further.

She said: “The pictures the council are using to market the property are historic and they do not depict what a shocking state its in.

“The water ingress is rotting the door frames and bringing the ceilings down. Plus the building is riddled with asbestos.

“I appreciate due process, but the state of the building is shocking and I want people to be aware of that.”

One of the councillors who received copies of the photographs was Cllr Bill Chatt, who said: “I used to go in the building a lot when Yorkshire Coast Homes were in there, about six or seven years ago.

“Since then I’ve not been in and I was shocked by these photos. It looks OK from the outside and I didn’t realise what it was like inside. The sooner somebody gets on with it the better.”

Martin Pedley, Scarborough Council’s asset and risk manager, said: “All interested parties are aware of the fact that Londesborough Lodge is the subject of a full marketing campaign, as well as the disposal process we are following.

“There is asbestos present within the building, however, as long as it remains undisturbed, which will depend upon the prospective purchaser’s alteration plans, there is no need for it to be removed.”

However Ms Tselha is concerned that asbestos could already be an issue as ceilings and plaster work has fallen down due to water leaking into the building.

Due process is set to end in May.