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To: Exeter City Council

Exeter Fire - Rebuild Our Heritage

We Won! The Royal Clarence Hotel and the Well House Tavern pub will be completely restored!

Exeter Fire - Rebuild Our Heritage

Following the devastating fire on Cathedral Green, we support Exeter City Council in ensuring that the affected buildings are reconstructed sympathetically and to the highest standards of craftsmanship - both inside and out - to ensure that a characterless modern building does not end up occupying this important historic space.

Why is this important?

Like me, the people of Exeter and Devon were devastated to watch the recent destruction by fire of the beautiful and historically significant buildings on Cathedral Green - including the Clarence Hotel, the first true hotel in England.
The reconstruction of these buildings must follow the same restorative approach taken at Windsor Castle following the fire there some years ago. Sympathetic reconstruction of both internal and external fabric is the only appropriate path to follow; one that will not damage the heritage and aesthetic value of this historically important area. We must not make the same mistakes made after World War 2, when much of Exeter's surviving heritage was destroyed in a fit of modernist madness.
This is not just about restoring beauty, this is also about valuing the contribution of heritage to the economic and social life of the city and the wider county. In their recent 'Heritage Counts' report, Historic England explain the link between economy and heritage. I urge you to read the linked document and support this petition:

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How it will be delivered

Directly to Exeter City Council

Exeter, Devon

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2018-06-27 12:36:22 +0100

Petition is successful with 4,259 signatures

2016-11-01 08:34:00 +0000

Good to hear on Spotlight that the owners of the Clarence Hotel have vowed to rebuild. Let's hope the new hotel is of high quality and of a style in keeping with the surrounding historic buildings.

2016-10-30 21:54:51 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2016-10-30 20:38:56 +0000

500 signatures reached

2016-10-30 18:55:04 +0000

100 signatures reached

2016-10-30 18:02:35 +0000

50 signatures reached

2016-10-30 17:19:49 +0000

25 signatures reached

2016-10-30 16:52:01 +0000

10 signatures reached