In its annual register of buildings at risk, English Heritage said yesterday that£400m was needed to save nearly 30,000 Grade I and Grade II* listed buildings around the country.
Jocelyn Stevens, the chairman of English Heritage, said resources were wholly inadequate to deal with the problem. 'Under the current criteria, English Heritage could be expected to provide about a third of the£400m subsidy needed, but given our limited budget of£5m a year for buildings at risk, that would take us at least 25 years.
'The rest of that£400m must be found from other public sources, not least because the heritage contributes so much so much to regeneration, provides housing, jobs, sustains tourism and because reusing historic buildings reduces the need for new buildings in the countryside.'
The organisation will also help local authorities to use their statutory powers to serve repair notices.
* see LGCnet 9/6/99 '£400M NEEDED TO SAVE BEST OF THE HERITAGE'