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Norwich Society backs campaign to smarten up our fine city

Vicky Manthorpe of the Norwich Society shows some of the damage on a listed building in St Giles Street, Norwich. Picture: Denise Bradley

Vicky Manthorpe of the Norwich Society shows some of the damage on a listed building in St Giles Street, Norwich. Picture: Denise Bradley

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This week is the time for everyone to show they care about keeping Norwich looking smart, as part of a national campaign.

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) is holding its 10th annual national maintenance week campaign.

SPAB’s annual campaign aims to encourage homeowners and people who care for public buildings, such as churches, village halls and local authority properties, to take action at the start of winter to avoid costly faults and damage at a later date.

The Norwich Society, which acts as a public guardian of heritage, is not only backing the SPAB campaign but also appealing for more care to be taken as a whole for the city, after seeing worrying amounts of litter accumulating.

Administrator Vicky Manthorpe, said: “It is hard times at the moment but buildings shouldn’t be made to suffer and deteriorate. A little bit of work can make things look a lot better.

“It doesn’t matter who owns them, it’s the same as with your own property. It’s the look of the city that is the main thing.”

Switching her attention to litter at Norwich railway station, Ms Manthorpe added: “For people visiting, litter looks pretty dreadful. It’s very much about people keeping up standards as it is an entrance to Norwich and it does look pretty shabby if people chuck their rubbish about.”

The campaign ends on Friday, which is National Gutters Day, aimed at encouraging homeowners to spend a few minutes clearing weeds and debris or mending leaky guttering.

Broadcaster Jonathan Foyle – from the BBC’s One Show and Channel Four’s Time Team – is chief executive of the World Monuments Fund and also backing the campaign. He said: “Over the last half-century maintenance has become a dirty word. It shouldn’t have. Maintenance enables us to take our own preventative and remedial action.”

For more information about both campaigns, go to www.maintainyourbuilding.org.uk

Have you got a heritage story for the Evening News? Contact David Freezer on 01603 772418 or david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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