We as a Society have longed campaigned for Battersea Power Stationís listing to be upgraded from a II to a II*, and naturally we were delighted that Margaret Hodge , the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, announced the upgrade in early November. Of course we still have great concerns for the present condition of the building which has been open to the erosive power of the elements for over twenty years. The present owners have been on site for a year now and still little seems to have improved. The Society wrote to English Heritage, who is charged with the preservation of the site, about our concerns and we have been assured that they are very much involved in discussions with the owners over the future and condition of the Power Station. The Society is currently pressing to be present when next English Heritage visits the site.
We recently received this letter from them:
Condition of Battersea Power Station
Thank you very much for your letter of 13 October 2007 regarding Battersea Power Station and your concerns over its condition.
English Heritage's London Region staff have met and liaised regularly with the owners of Battersea Power Station, Treasury Holdings, since they acquired the site earlier this year. They will be meeting again with the owners later this month and will certainly discuss the issues raised in your letter.
In the meantime, I would like to reassure you that we continue to be very much involved in discussions over the future and condition of the Power Station, particularly in light of its recent upgrading to grade II*.
Date posted: 16 January 2008