A CAMPAIGN has been launched to save an historic Sandbach building from demolition.
Sandbach Ladies' Association is fighting to stop the bulldozers flattening Westfields in Middlewich Road, which is the headquarters of Congleton Borough Council.
Councillors have given the nod for work to start on its new headquarters, which involves knocking down the 19th Century mansion house early next year.
Ladies' Association spokeswoman Vera Shallcross said: 'It is not too late to save the building.
'If enough pressure is put on the council we believe we can force it to go back to the drawing board and re-plan, so Westfields house is saved.
'We are not objecting to the ancillary buildings around it being demolished. We just want to save the house, and we believe it can be worked around.
'We have made our feelings felt to the council. Now it is a matter of waiting for a response. If it is not what we want to hear we will look at taking things further.'
Another association member, Diane Hasprey, added: 'Westfields must be preserved at all costs.
'The way things are going in Sandbach we will have no redeeming features left.
'The proposed building in its place will be soulless, angular and dour. We don't want more depressing characterless buildings in the town and we are prepared to take this fight to the top.
'You only have to look at the dark towers of the medical building flanking Middlewich Road, or the ugly library which has replaced the lovely Marriott House to see this town is losing its character.
'Westfields was the home of the Foden family who have been an extremely important part of Sandbach's heritage. We are fighting to preserve our heritage and we would like to see the house turned into a museum.'
Borough council deputy leader David Brown says the council's plans are unlikely to change.
He said: 'I have every sympathy for people who don't want to see a historic building demolished, but it was debated at length nine months ago and the council decided unanimously that this was the best way forward.
'Our current offices fail to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act which makes it necessary for disabled people to be able to get up the stairs.
Unfortunately, the new building requires all the land at the Westfields site.'
He added: 'The plans have already been decided and it is out to tender for the contractors, so I cannot see the decision being changed now.'
A £3.8m council scheme will see the merger of offices in Alsager, Congleton and Sand-bach into a single headquarters. What's your verdict? Should Westfields be saved?
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