The Old Vicarage section of the Hotel site has been severely damaged by a fire that started on Friday evening, a week after demolition contractors started work on the site. No other buildings appear to have been affected.
It is a condition of the outline planning permission for the site that the building be kept and converted, subject to the usual financial viability test. The Victorian building was listed as a Heritage Asset in our draft Neighbourhood Plan.
Owner Paul Cripps, who is currently here on a visit from his home in Bermuda, attended the scene whilst the fire services were fighting the blaze. He suggested that the fire was probably started by vandals.
Colin McEwen, on behalf of South Marston Parish Council. 29.7.17