Letter: Richard English November 17, 2017

Church Wardens at All Saints Church, East Winch after lead theft. Workmen from Eastern Foundry Lead, working on the roof where the lead has been stolen, LtoR, Markus and Max Munford
Church Wardens at All Saints Church, East Winch after lead theft. Workmen from Eastern Foundry Lead, working on the roof where the lead has been stolen, LtoR, Markus and Max Munford
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Regularly I read in the Lynn News about incidents of lead being stripped from the roofs of our Norfolk churches by criminal gangs and the subsequent distress to the parishioners, let alone the damage caused by the elements.

I read in a national newspaper that volunteers in one village that had been affected, did battle with Historic England for a year over their right to re-roof their church – which has repeatedly been pillaged – with a polymer (synthetic non-metal roofing material). The advantage of the polymer is that it looks like lead but does not have a scrap value to rogues such as the Romanian gang leader Tudorache; happily caught, convicted and now behind bars.

I am glad to say that in the end the village in question was allowed to use the polymer, but, what about all the other villages? Why are they not allowed by Heritage England to use polymer?