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Enfield has its own De La Warr-type problem

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I was interested to read Mrs J Wylwin Guilmant's letter (AJ 11.5.00) regarding the De La Warr Pavilion, particularly when compared to a similar situation in the London Borough of Enfield.

We have a Grade II*-listed sixteenth-century building - Broomfield House in Broomfield Park, which, until damaged by fire in 1984, contained a very important Lanscroon mural. It is also in the ownership of the local authority and on the English Heritage Buildings at Risk Register. It has had many uses in its life the final one being as a local museum and cafe serving the local community.

After the fire it lay derelict, and, following a threat by the council to demolish it, my late husband formed a building preservation trust in 1991 with the aim of saving it. The first scheme put forward by the trust - the forming of a design studio - was thwarted by two subsequent fires in 1994. Two further schemes, both with national brewery chains converting the property into family-style restaurants, have failed, due to pressure from local antagonists.

The residents of Bexhill are lucky to at least have their fine building restored. We have v irtually reached 'stalemate' with the council in trying to form a workforce, whose members include local community groups, to come up with a solution to restore the house, failing which the council will apply for permission to demolish, something English Heritage has said publicly it will oppose.Meanwhile, the building remains shrouded in scaffolding and green polythene.

We have English Heritage, which has powers in these cases, but where is the action?

Pat Keeble, London N21

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