Plaque at Tennison Road - word from English Heritage

To recap on earlier posts...

Recently I reported that 12 Tennison Road had been sold. At the request of other Sherlockians, I approached English Heritage to alert them to the potential risk to the plaque that any redevelopment of the site might cause.

EH thanked me for my email and informed me that they had written to the owners and had requested assurance from them that the plaque would be maintained and that it would remain in its present position and visible from the road.

English Heritage's Blue Plaques administrator has also asked me to make plain the following to people who might also want to approach them about the plaque with questions:

"I am greatly obliged to you for pointing out the changes at 12 Tennison Road but whilst the plaque is on the building it belongs to the building owner - if the building is demolished it belongs to English Heritage.  The owner and council have been reminded that the plaque needs to be cared for but there is no statutory requirement for anyone to do so.  From long experience I have found the approach best used ... is a softly-softly one, of diplomacy and tact, and I would now let matters rest.  The planning application is for interior changes, not exterior, so there is no reason to suggest that there will be any negative impact on the plaque." 

Due to cuts, the team that administers EH Blue Plaques has been cut by over 50%. Therefore they are not equipped to deal with lots of enquiries. I cannot stop you of course but bear in mind that you are not likely to get any information other than that above.

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