Re: Re: ‘Dutch Billys’

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You guys keep identifying these examples of ‘Dutch Billies’ (there, I’ve exercised my schoolmarm tendency), which is really what a properly proactive planning section in DCC should be doing. Every time there’s some hint of works applied for or suggested, they should be in there with help and advice about how to ‘conserve’ them (in the widest possible sense). Here, these two buildings need to read as two separate volumes – the SEIKO sign should go, the entrance to the ground floor modified to reflect the difference (I presume all original detailing here is lost), any remaining interiors conserved and the brick properly repaired. These buildings are gems and part of the patrimony of the city. You can argue about the presentation of the buildings on either side, but at least they are all in good repair and have not the derelict look of, say, Thomas St.

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