§ Mr. Tony Lloyd
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what representations he has received concerning Longford hall, Stretford;
(2) if he will investigate allegations that work has taken place at Longford hall, Stretford in contravention of regulations affecting listed buildings; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
Representations have been received on behalf of the Longford District Conservation Area Association. These concerned the proposed sale of Longford hall, its present state of repair and works alleged to have been carried out without listed building consent.
It is primarily for Trafford metropolitan borough council, both as owners of the hall and as planning authority, to take all appropriate steps to secure the building from deterioration and to ensure compliance with listed building procedures. We understand from the council that the recent work was needed to clear up debris left by vandalism, and that security will be increased to deter further unauthorised access. It hopes soon to finalise its proposals for the future of the building.