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Are we missing a Gazebo?

Postby Pat-H » Sun 01 Nov 2015 7:35 pm

Walking along the towpath today and noticed a whole section boarded up on the other side.
Wasn't there a Gazebo there? Is it still there?
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Re: Are we missing a Gazebo?

Postby The Masked Woler » Sun 01 Nov 2015 10:55 pm

If you mean the large white boarded building which used to be by the river behind the sorting office, no it isn't.
The Council gave permission for it to be demolished so a house could be built.
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Re: Are we missing a Gazebo?

Postby Mel » Mon 02 Nov 2015 5:42 am

I thought maybe they were protected? Haven't been down that way in ages, will have to have to a look.
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Re: Are we missing a Gazebo?

Postby Andrew » Mon 02 Nov 2015 2:11 pm

No it wasn't protected. It was not considered a gazebo (too large and was not built as a place to gaze from). Incidentally, only six of the riverside gazebos are protected (unless more have been added in recent years). The gazebo between nos. 28 and 34 Scotts Road (on top of the Grotto) is also listed. All the riverside gazebos are grade II listed and the Scotts Road gazebo is grade II*. The grotto itself is grade I, of course.
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Re: Are we missing a Gazebo?

Postby Matt40 » Mon 02 Nov 2015 4:33 pm

Do you mean that great big eye sore of a billboard advertising another new development? Was that a gazebo previously? Photo evidence to jog the memory would be good.
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Re: Are we missing a Gazebo?

Postby The Masked Woler » Mon 02 Nov 2015 5:05 pm

This is the one I think, the one with four windows.
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Re: Are we missing a Gazebo?

Postby John_D » Tue 03 Nov 2015 7:06 am

The Masked Woler wrote:This is the one I think, the one with four windows.

That is appalling! Whether it is a Gazebo or not, obviously of the same era, it is/was part of the visual picture of that part of the riverside. In this more enlightened time (as opposed to the 1960's) would it be acceptable to demolish a period building in the High Street and replace it with a modern building? So how is it acceptable to destroy this classic visual aspect of Ware's riverside? I only hope that whatever replaces it is in keeping with the remaining structures along that stretch of the riverside, but doubt very much that this will be the case. :evil:
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Re: Are we missing a Gazebo?

Postby Ian » Tue 03 Nov 2015 10:40 am

John_D wrote:
The Masked Woler wrote:This is the one I think, the one with four windows.

That is appalling! Whether it is a Gazebo or not, obviously of the same era, it is/was part of the visual picture of that part of the riverside. In this more enlightened time (as opposed to the 1960's) would it be acceptable to demolish a period building in the High Street and replace it with a modern building? So how is it acceptable to destroy this classic visual aspect of Ware's riverside? I only hope that whatever replaces it is in keeping with the remaining structures along that stretch of the riverside, but doubt very much that this will be the case. :evil:


All of this (and a great deal more) that is wrong with the development was pointed out to the planning department by the Ware Society, but the objections were overruled.
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Re: Are we missing a Gazebo?

Postby Pat-H » Tue 03 Nov 2015 4:02 pm

Ah so I was wrong we're not missing a Gazebo. Just missing an attractive riverside element along that stretch between the Gazebos.
That's ok then.

I wonder what modern delight we will see in it's place? I just can't wait.

We may even find the current billboards weren't that bad compared to what's to come...
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Re: Are we missing a Gazebo?

Postby Matt40 » Tue 03 Nov 2015 6:22 pm

That is so bad. Perhaps if somebody at the Mercury reads this then they should write about this. The one scene of our town that is used the most has the middle cut out of it, madness!
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