HC Deb 21 January 1969 vol 776 cc71-2W
Sir N. Cooper-Key

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he is aware that local opinion is disturbed at the intention of British Railways to destroy Crowhurst Viaduct; and if he will grant a preservation order for the structure as a building of special architectural interest.

Mr. K. Robinson

Four local authorities, including the East Sussex County Council, have investigated the possibility of preservation and British Railways are prepared to transfer this viaduct, which they no longer require, to anybody willing to preserve it. It is open to the County Council, as the planning authority, to serve a building preservation notice in respect of it, which would prevent demolition while its future is being fully considered. I understand, however, that the cost of repairing and maintaining the viaduct, which has already been studied, is considerable.