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Historic buildings in the spotlight

[Friday 8 October 2010]

Owners and occupiers of historic buildings in the Yorkshire Dales National Park will be able to pick up free advice and tips at a special event later this month.

A group of experts will be on hand on October 16 to talk about a range of subjects from prevention and treatment of damp to repairing stonework.

The event is being staged by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) and the places were snapped up in double-quick time compared to last year, according to the Authority’s Building Conservation Officer Gaby Rose.

“It has been even more popular this year and we were booked up very early on,” she said.

“The topics are mainly about repair and maintenance issues and maintaining the appearance and character of historic buildings. We try to encourage people to carry out preventative maintenance and use the right materials – and not to wait until the building has started to fall down before they take action. This way, homeowners can save a lot of money – with buildings, a stitch in time really does save nine!

“This year’s programme has a lot to offer. For example, we have included a presentation about how to upgrade and save energy in your old building. There will also be practical demonstrations which show the use of traditional materials.”

Speakers at the event in Kettlewell – one of the National Park’s 37 conservation areas – will include historic buildings consultant Jonathan Ratter, conservation architects Elaine Blackett-Ord (correct) and James Innerdale, residential surveyor and energy assessor Mike Samphier and historic buildings contractor Kevin Woods.

“We plan to run a similar event elsewhere in the National Park next year, so those people who are unable to attend the Kettlewell day will have another opportunity,” Gaby said.

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