Bell’s Plumber’s Shop

This State Heritage place on Payneham Road has been allowed to deteriorate into a public eyesore. Attacks on this building in recent years include a mysterious internal explosion and massive graffiti writings on its walls. The State government’s Department of Heritage has the power to fine the owner for neglect of the building. However we understand that the owner has engaged a lawyer to try to have the building removed from the State Heritage list. We are worried that should this owner succeed, it will set a bad example that some others may be tempted to follow. Our heritage buildings form an important part of the cultural and historic fabric of our town and are usually much-loved and cared for. Our residents generally value living in an area where history and a sense of place are valued.