The future of Gorleston’s ageing former lifeboat shed is growing, despite its sale over six months ago.
The shed was sold to a mystery buyer at auction last year, but so far no plans have been submitted and the owner has yet to reveal their plans, or even their identity.
Local historian Dennis Durrant told the EDP: “I would like the owner to preserve it. It is difficult to know what to do with it. It needs re-tiling but I don’t know what kind of state it’s in inside.I would have liked it to have been Gorleston museum, because we haven’t got one.”
Following an unsuccessful attempt to have the building’s historic status recognised by English Heritage, the decision over the building’s future lies in the hands of the new owner, but with the ongoing air of mystery hanging over the building, speculation is growing.
Conservation officer Darren Barker told the EDP: “It is in a conservation area so there’s a certain amount of protection around it. The shed makes a significant contribution to the character of the area and is part of the rich maritime heritage of the borough.”
“To find a use for it will be difficult. I think I would like to see it repaired and for some long term use to be found for it.”