Still Confusion About Protected Structures
Alastair Cummings believes that most people are interested in maintaining and looking after their homes and that is essentially what protected structures require,
In an article in the Journal last year Alastair Cummings explained how a woman rang him in tears because "her house was marked as a protected structure. I looked at a photograph of her house and asked her, ‘Do you like your house?’, and she said, ‘Well, yes I do’.
“I said it’s really obvious you do, it’s well looked after. ‘Are you thinking of doing anything to it, like demolishing it?’ And she said ‘No, no, of course not.’
“I told her she’d already been doing everything to maintain the house and look after it, but the one thing she may need to do is to fix the windows, and because the house is a protected structure, she could apply for a grant for the windows.
“Her experience instantly changed from negative to positive. People think that if there house is a protected structure, they’ll have to open it up to the public, or something.” (thejournal.ie Feb 2017)