Ruperra Castle

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Good news and bad news

The owner of Ruperra Castle has still not lodged an appeal against the rejection by the County Councillors in Janusry of his housing proposals at Ruperra Castle He has to do this within six months of the rejection. He is said to be intending to appeal and has engaged planning consultants.

Meanwhile Ruperra Conservation Trust wrote to the Chief Executive of Caerphilly County Borough Council at the end of February pointing out that a County Council is entitled to serve a repairs notice on an owner whose listed property has been damaged during his ownership. Consequently he was told to repair the chimney of the generator block which has begun to lean. There has been no mention of the other two areas of damage - namely the wall of the ha ha and part of the roof of the stable block burnt in a fire in 1998. These three structures are listed buildings and as such are the legal responsibility of the Local Authority.

The really serious bad news is that on Friday 9th May, the Police were called to Ruperra because thieves were stripping lead from the remaining roof of the stable block. They got away before the Police arrived. Then on Sunday night a watchful and quick acting student out for an evening walk was able to get registration numbers and to phone the Police because thieves were stripping lead from the generator block roof. This time with the aid of dogs and a helicopter the Police were able to apprehend one of the offenders. We await the latest news.

There is no caretaker at Ruperra and the Police were unable to contact the owner who is believed to be out of the country.

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