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Heritage group calls for 'safe option' for crippled cottage
A HERITAGE group says ‘safety must come first’ when deciding if an 18th century cottage should be demolished.
Nixon Cottage could be knocked down after a high-powered car left a notorious road on the outskirts of Knutsford last week and embedded itself into the owner’s living room.
The Audi RS4, valued at £55,000, was being driven along the A50 in Over Peover towards Knutsford, when it left the road at 9.39am on Monday, September 16.
Following the collision, its owners Karen and Andy Rattary feared the ‘locally listed’ building may have to be knocked down.
Paul Webster, joint vice chairman of Knutsford Conservation and Heritage Group (KCHG), however, said the group would stand by any decision that ensured the safety of residents.
He said: “If it needs to be demolished, the group would have to be satisfied that all alternatives have been considered.
“But if it was the only way to ensure the safety of the building, and of the occupants and other people, then we would support that decision.
“It is always a massive regret if the heritage of Knutsford has to be affected adversely, but we would always say that safety is of the paramount importance.
“Whether it is a listed building is second to that – safety must come first.”
Police are still investigating the collision and are trying to trace a dark blue Volkswagen that was seen travelling on the wrong side of the road at the time of the crash.
Anyone with information should contact eastern operations support unit on 101, quoting incident number 204 of September 16, 2013.
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