An urgent appeal to save George and Patricia’s Porch
Barnoldswick, England -- (ReleaseWire) -- 05/08/2018 -- Having lived in Barnoldswick for over 50 years, the majority of which spent at 3 Taylor Street, George and Patricia's home was broken into whilst they slept in bed urging them to consider home security and opting to add a porch to the front of their home as an extra layer of security. However, the council has now decided that the porch is not in keeping with the area and are threatening to tear it down.
After the burglary took place late last year, the popular elderly couple decided to put a number of security measures in place, one of which being a porch at the front of their home. Advised by a councillor that they would not need planning permission the couple got the builders in and the porch was built to a high-standard, leaving the couple extremely happy and feeling safer.
The feeling of being safe and relaxed for the couple did not last for long though, with the council quickly getting in touch to inform them that although they have been advised they did not need planning permission, there was a problem with their porch as it was not built in the exact same stone as the rest of the house. Although the stone seemed like a pretty good match, especially when you take into consideration that it will darken slightly once it weathers, the couple agreed to take the porch down and rebuild it in the exact stone stated by the council.
This wasn't enough for the council though, after the couple agreed to change the stone the council then decided that the porch had to come down and stay down, stating that it is an 'eyesore' and that it is blocking views. Although their home is situated in a conservation area the porch is not in the way or causing any harm, and it is really difficult to understand why it would not be allowed, especially considering their neighbours have added a huge extension to their own house.
Feeling unsafe in their own home and now victimised by the council, the couple are trying to get as many people as possible on their side, and have already made great progress, with over 100 people signing an online petition they have created and a further 75 have signed offline, you can access it and read more on their saveourporch Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/saveourporch/. Much loved and incredibly popular in Barnoldswick, George and Patricia are calling for as much support as possible and really hope that the community can come together and save their porch from being demolished.
George & Patricia Owen
3 Taylor Street Barnoldswick BB18 5HS
Tel: 07570 979760
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