Lincolnshire Live has reported on how Sleaford’s Civic and District Trust came up with an innovative way to get business owners and landlords to improve their areas by naming all these sites Mess of the Year!
Lincolnshire Live writes:
It can sometimes be hard to figure out how to improve areas where you live that are less than pleasing on the eye. In Sleaford, the town’s Civic and District Trust came up with a novel way of trying to get business owners and landlords to improve their areas. If talking to the landlord does not bring results, the trust shames them by awarding the building involved the aptly titled Mess of the Year Award.
Since its inception the award has been given to a number of properties in the town and the surrounding area, with some even having the ignominy of receiving it twice. The award was established in 1998 and since then a variety of buildings in the town have been caught in its headlights.
One of the properties to have had the dubious honour of winning the award multiple times is the former Pizza Hot Takeaway in Southgate, which won in 2013 and 2015, being derided by the judges for its ‘sheer ugliness and squalor’ .
Architect Tim Benton, who was a member of the judging panel, said at the time: ‘The former Pizza Hot takeaway in Southgate remains in a sorry state. There remain other eyesores, but for sheer ugliness and squalor, nothing else can compete with it – it ruins the appearance of that part of the town, and it well deserves the award. It’s quite a prominent building in the town and it looks dreadful.’
Since then though, the building has undergone a renovation of sorts after the landlords cleared the shop frontage, although it still remains available for rent from estate agents Pygott and Crone… Relief as work on Sleaford town centre eyesore gets under way
Another double winner is the Old Quarrington School in Grantham Road, which won in 2007 and 2017. The Grade II listed building, which is more than 150 years old, had fallen into a state of disrepair after students stopped walking through its doors in 2002. However, it has recently been given a new lease of life after North Kesteven District Council (NKDC) converted it into flats and affordable housing.
The awards have been handed out to Sleaford Railway Station (2005), the former Wagon and Horses pub in Eastgate (2012), 17 Market Place (2004), Riverside Clinic in Westgate (2013), Laundon House in Eastgate (2013) and the building adjacent to Turnbull’s by the Southgate level crossing (2007). The buildings at 4 Westgate (1998) and 25A and 26 Jermyn Street (2002) both won the award but later received awards for excellence after they were refurbished. You can see how the buildings involved have changed go to the gallery in the link below.