Residents of Epping are fighting against developers who want to tear down sections of a building that is over 300 years old. The building is situated on High Street in Epping and was an antiques store previously. Heritage Antiques and Collectibles was seriously damaged by fire and now stands empty.
Following the fire in September 2010, owner Alan Peterson had to sell to Edgewest Epping who want to convert the historic property into eight flats and a restaurant. Existing shopkeepers and residents have raised concerns that the conversion would ruin the traditional feel to the High Street, leaving the street comprising nothing more than restaurants and cafes.
The Epping Society members are also concerned about the development, as they want to preserve the historic feel of the High Street. Charles Geddes of the Epping Society said:
“The main concern is that whatever is done with the building they are sensitive. We want to keep the heritage of the area intact.”
Members are particularly concerned about the historic front of the antiques store. The manager of the George and Dragon pub, which is situated on the same road, would like to see something other than another restaurant. The assistant manager of the Sue Ryder Care shop, next door to the antiques shop considers that there are plenty of existing restaurants in the area and liked being next door to an antiques store.
Residents in the Ribbley Valley area are fortunate enough to have a host of expert antique dealers close by, able to give advice when buying antique desks, chairs or other furniture.
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