Members of the guild held a protest in High Town on Wednesday 30th April about the lack of anything happening to the shrouded, burnt out building opposite the Old House for which we have to apologise when taking visitors round the city.
Our thanks to the Hereford Times for permission to use the following photograph which was taken on the occasion.
Below the photograph is the text of a handout given out at the time.
What are we protesting about?
Members of the Hereford Guild of Guides deplore the effect the burnt-out wreck in shrouds (opposite the Old House) is having on our historic asset that makes such a contribution to tourism in our City. It is an important visitor attraction but it stands forlorn and the neglect of this important part of High Town receives many shocked comments.
When will something be done?
We urge the Herefordshire Council to take action and force the owners to restore the property. River Island was also a historic building with important moulded ceilings. These buildings are part of the High Town frontage and we are appalled that they remain in this condition after two and a half years.
The Hereford Guild of Guides
The Hereford Guild of Guides is a voluntary non-profit organisation. It provides daily tourist walks for the City of Hereford throughout the summer and booked walks for groups. Founded in 1981 the Guild aims to foster tourism.
The daily walks start at the Visit Herefordshire Centre in King Street at 11.00 a.m. each day except Sunday when it is 2.30 p.m. from the third Saturday in May until the end of September. Ghost walks are on Wednesday evenings at 7.15pm during July, August and September.
Information from the Old House