Thursday, August 24, 2006

Mill Dam Conservation


What is it that they want to know?

South Tyneside Borough Council have produced a Draft Appraisal for the Conservation of the Mill Dam Area which will form the basis of a management plan to propose the conservation and enhancement of the area. They are seeking our comments on this Draft Appraisal, I'd like to know exactly what they would like us to tell them?

The Draft Appraisal gives a VERY comprehensive and detailed description of the Mill Dam area, great effort has gone into researching the history of the present buildings and also those which are no longer standing. Each building appears to have been subjected to an intense investigation into it's individual history, architecture, and the materials used to construct it. The Draft Appraisal (in .pdf format) also includes a very interesting series of historical maps of the area from the 1800s upto the 1980s, fascinating for the historians.

Actually, to the layman, the document is very readable, and thankfully is also available to see in the Central Library, Denmark Square, South Shields. If you have an interest in the mercantile history of South Shields, and our industrial past, I would recommend reading it.

Trying to read between the lines the only clue as to possible future actions lie in the statement that too many cars spoil the views alongside the old Corporation Quay, with a pay and display car park just yards away, we don't need to be Einstein to work out what to expect!

So what would my comments to the Council be?

Answer - Yes, it's a great appraisal of the history and architecural interest of the buildings at the Mill Dam, you don't appear to have left anything out, now what more do you want to know?

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