Colwyn Bay....Grade II Listed Colwyn Foulkes Home At Risk!


A grade 2 listed Colwyn Foulkes building ( Ridge Cottage ) is allegedly being severely altered and stripped to a shell in Rhos On Sea. (I think it may have been his own home at one time. )
The orangery and gardens have been ripped out. Nothing left.
The building itself has been stripped to a shell externally. Bricks have been removed and some have fallen in a neighbor's garden.
They are making alleged structural alterations. They have knocked holes in the walls and they have a pile of concrete lintels stacked up outside.
They have taken down internal walls inside and completely replastered all rooms upstairs. Some had heritage features.
Neighbors have contacted the council who said they were too short-staffed to deal with it.
Then they eventually said they had spoken to the owners and advised them not to make any structural alterations and to put in a planning application.
The owners have ignored this request.
The council CLAIMS they have limited powers to do anything else.
I am sure that is not right. I have told the neighbors to contact CADW directly to report it as a heritage crime.
The above has come from a Facebook Heritage group.
And just to clarify Legally the council has the power to..
Consider whether to use any statutory enforcement powers, such as prosecution, as an appropriate response to the heritage crime

As a local authority, you have an important strategic role in the fight against heritage crime. Local problems should have local solutions. Historic England can offer bespoke assistance to any local authority wishing to take a strategic role in dealing with Heritage Crime.

Steps for you to consider are:

  1. Identifying the designated heritage assets in your area. This information can be found on the National Heritage List for England or your own Historic Environment Records
  2. Focussing effort on those heritage assets most at risk using the Quick Risk Assessment tool
  3. Reducing the risks by implementing Heritage Crime Prevention Measures
  4. Developing a Heritage Crime Partnership in your area with other interested organisations. This might focus on crime reduction and enforcement or protecting the historic environment in the area. A partnership model based on Neighbourhood Policing and Community Safety Partnerships has been developed for the prevention of heritage crime and has been agreed with the Police and other interested bodies

  1. Consider meeting with your local Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). PCCs are responsible for reducing crime and for delivering an effective and efficient police service within their force area. They also work in partnership across a range of agencies at the local and national levels to ensure there is a unified approach to preventing and reducing crime
  2. Identifying other local groups who may be usefully involved in a partnership such as local civic or amenity trusts and societies that are interested in the historic environment. These could also include Neighbourhood and Heritage Watch organizations. Parish councils, churches and other landowners with assets vulnerable to heritage crime may also wish to be involved in a partnership
  3. Ensuring that heritage crime is included within the existing systems and processes of already established methods of managing crime and promoting safety in the area (for example Community Safety Partnerships). 
  4. Also, consider recording incidents of heritage crime in the area for statistical purposes
  5. Being prepared to take enforcement proceedings for regulatory offenses and use the various enforcement powers available to a local authority to deal with buildings suffering from neglect. 
  6. These can encourage incidents of anti-social behavior and heritage crime

Currently, there is no planning application in place for any work at the above property. Cadw state that

Many types of changes to listed buildings will need special permission. This is known as listed building consent and is administered by local planning authorities.

The purpose of listed building consent is to manage change to make sure that the features which contribute to the building’s special architectural or historic interest are retained, as far as possible. These may include its form and layout, the details of its construction, including historical materials and finishes, and historical fixtures, fittings, and details, both inside and outside. From ..,retained%2C%20as%20far%20as%20possible.

If you live by or have seen this destruction please continue to report it to Conwy Council and Cadw at