Do you have a favourite local landmark or building in West Lancashire? Then this is your opportunity to have it added to the Borough Council’s list of locally important buildings.
Many structures which can’t be given listed building status still have an historical or social importance and contribute greatly to the character and appearance of our towns, villages and countryside.
These locally important buildings are often local landmarks, represent good examples of a local style of architecture, or are types of buildings which have played an important role in the development of a community.
The Council has published a catalogue of locally important buildings, commonly known as a Local List, since 2005. It is a valuable tool in identifying buildings and features within our local environment which contribute to the distinctive character of the borough.
There are currently more than 120 structures on the list. These range from well-know local landmarks such as Burscough War Memorial and Christ Church in Newburgh to the Springfield Pumping Station in Aughton and a garden wall at Walsh Hall, also in Aughton.
A review of the list is being conducted to ensure it remains relevant and to provide the opportunity for other buildings to be added if they meet the criteria.
To help the Council in this task it is asking local communities, including Parish Councils and local groups to put forward nominations for buildings to be included.
Councillor Martin Forshaw, portfolio holder for Planning and Development, said: “Local heritage plays an important role in defining the character of West Lancashire and includes buildings which are much cherished by local communities. The Local List helps our communities celebrate their heritage, so please nominate your favourite building or structure.”
Buildings on the Council’s Local List cannot be afforded statutory protection in the same way as is given to Listed Building. The purpose of the list is to recognise buildings of genuine local merit.
Structures don’t need to be old to go on the list, as good quality modern buildings can also qualify.
Anything nominated should have architectural, historical or social value. The structure should be substantially unaltered from when it was first built, or at least retain original features.
Nominations should be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and must include the building name, an accurate address and/or location and any information regarding the building and why it should be included on the list.
The deadline to put forward a building or structure is Friday 1 March.
For more information please go to www.westlancs.gov.uk/locallist
Nominations will be assessed in the next few months and the Council hopes to agree and publish the amended list by June 2013.