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Newark Advertiser reader letter: Time for action

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I have hosted, for a few days, my daughter and her German friend from Berlin where they live.

It included a visit to the town centre, castle and river area. I feel the need to comment about the state of some of the buildings, particularly the former building used by the Nottingham Building Society.

It was filthy and unkempt and I was positively embarrassed to show it in that state to my visitors.

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Letter. (42746899)

It’s an architectural, historical gem. It begs the question… why has it been left in this state and who is responsible for its upkeep? Surely even the basics of window cleaning could be maintained.

I am Newark born and have lived here for 73 years. I’m (was) proud of that!

In the past my embarrassment was caused by the disrepair of the former hotel at Beaumond Cross.

This problem has at last been sorted.

And writing of shoddy buildings, I walked by Shalem Lodge on London Road on my way to Beaumond House earlier in the year and was shocked such a lovely building with a rich history had been left in such a sad state.

What can be done?

I want to be proud of the place I’ve grown up in. Newark could be so much more ­— the potential is out there.

Please don’t let it crumble. Act now! ­— A. Laverack, Farndon.

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