Rother District Council’s Cabinet is to consider on Monday March 12 its officer’s recommendation to proceed with the long overdue maintenance works on the historic Landgate Tower in Rye. It is likely that its decision will be conditional upon local residents making a contribution towards the projected cost of repairs, estimated to total some £75,000.
Following Rye Town Council’s decision to underwrite £7,000 of the repair costs, prompt support has already been pledged from the Rye Fund to kick-start the community-funding project, with a £3,000 grant.
Three years have passed since Thomas Ford & Partners, architects and surveyors, issued their report on the state of the building, concluding that “the Landgate is considered to be at risk . . . If not addressed soon the structure will continue to decay at an accelerating rate.”
Better known for its charitable support of voluntary organisations in Rye and District, the Rye Fund also has a Capital Projects Fund, built up over 10 years from local residents’ donations for protecting historic buildings. We are pleased to be able to offer this grant.