Campaign to save Lord Line from demolition passes 1,000 signatures

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 5 Jul 2017

A petition to keep the Lord Line building from being demolished has now passed a thousand signatures.

Plans were submitted last month to demolish the landmark building, which has been empty since the 1970s.

It was hoped the building could be reused, but plans have stalled in recent years under the ownership of the Manor Property Group.

The company secured planning permission to build a student accommodation campus at the dock several years ago. That scheme included converting the Lord Line into offices.

However, nothing has happened at the site aside from it attracting vandals.

Manor submitted two separate planning applications to demolish the Lord Line and the nearby hydraulic tower and pump house, which once provided power for the entire dock.

But Hull locals are campaigning for the building to stay standing.

Natalie Taylor, who set up the petition, wrote on the change.org page: "The Lord Line building in Hull's St Andrew's Docks is the last standing reminder of a once thriving bustling industry of fishing.

"An industry many Hull men joined, regardless of risk or tragedy these men went to sea with no guarantee of returning. They did to feed their families and to put fish on the nations tables.

"These men have had little honour for the massive commitment and sheer bravery they gave when they sailed out to sea fishing. It was an industry of tragedy and heartbreak but also one of community spirit and togetherness, a spirit which still exists within the area of Hessle Road and it's people."

She added she was "not naive" enough to think the building could be restored to its former glory, but said even just saving the Lord Line facade would be something.

She finishes the post by saying: "Hull is the City Of Culture for 2017 let's embrace our culture and save our history!

"Please don't take our last bit of heritage from us."

So far, the campaign has over a thousand signatures.

Supporters have cited reasons for signing because they believe the building is a landmark and part of Hull's history.

One supporter wrote: "Its part of Hull's amazing history and also a beautiful building - stop demolishing characterful buildings and repair them instead!

Another added: "I think the building should be renovated as the fishing museum. And the rest of the dock should should house the trawler and any other boats that relate to the fishing industry."

In a statement accompanying the planning application to demolish the Lord Line, Manor say: "It has been vacant for a number of years and has, notwithstanding various security measures, been the subject of numerous break-ins, fires and trespass in recent years to the extent that it is now considered dangerous to public health and safety.

"Further boarding up will not be effective in addressing this issue and the only realistic solution to this current state of affairs is its demolition.

"It is proposed to completely demolish the Lord Line Building and make good the cleared site. Planning permission is not being sought for any replacement building."



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