Chairman's Report 2014

Chairman’s Report – June 2014

  1. The East Suffolk Building Preservation Trust Ltd is a private limited company. It was incorporated on 8th December 2010. Company number 07464335

  2. The Trust became a Registered Charity on 10th May 2011, number 1141809

  3. The Trust’s registered address is 9 Station Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4AU. This is also the address for all correspondence to the Trust.

  4. The Directors of the Company, who are also Trustees of the charitable organisation, are Paul Bradley, Andrew Derrick, Geoff Holdcroft, Ezra Leverett, Jenni Livingstone, Richard Perkins and Barry Vince. Stefan Ganther resigned as a Trustee during the past year.

  5. The Company is governed by its seven Directors/Trustees. They met on four occasions in the past year. In addition the Trust continues to be supported by two technical advisers provided by Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils.

  6. In addition to the Trustees the Company benefits from the support and active input of a number of volunteers.

  7. The company runs a website at

  8. The Company is a member of the Association of Preservation Trusts and sends a representative to its meetings in East Anglia.

  9. The Company is yet to adopt governance documents in relation to Health and Safety Policy.

  10. In the past twelve months the following activities have taken:

    1. The Trust’s interest in Crown Street Hall, Lowestoft continued to be actively promoted to the tenants and building owners. It appears, however, that neither party wishes to involve the Trust in forward plans for the building

    2. The Trust has continued to provide active and moral support to the Natural England project to restore the windpump at its reserve on the Walberswick nature reserve through the offices of one its volunteers

    3. The Trust has continued to seek contact with the Estate of the late Mr Levett-Scrivener regarding Bridge Cottages, Peasenhall, but without success to date.

    4. The Trust was successful in raising concerns regarding the future of the White Cottage owned by Framlingham College by writing to its Operations Director. This distinctive unlisted weatherboarded building in the conservation area is neglected and unused. The College are putting plans in hand for its restoration.

    5. The Trust considered a request from Suffolk Coastal District Council to undertake a Buildings at Risk survey in its District and considered ways of extending a similar survey to the Waveney District with support from the HLF and guidance from English Heritage.

    6. The Trust had written to the owners of 33 Blyburgate, Beccles expressing concern regarding the condition of the building and offering the support of the Trust in finding a solution for the building’s ‘at risk’ status.

  11. It is anticipated that the activities of the Trust in the next twelve months will be devoted to securing its first building project; actively managing and promoting its website; improving governance; and providing active and moral support to other projects.

This report was received and approved by the Annual General Meeting

Chairman 24th June 2014  


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