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Save and Protect Windward House from Demolition

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On the 31st of July, it was announced in Jerseys local paper, 'The Jersey Evening Post', that plans were being drawn up to demolish 'Windward House' on Mont Sohier, St. Brelade in Jersey. The house is famous to millions as the home of the fictional millionaire 'Charlie Hungerford' in the BBC television series 'Bergerac', which was filmed in the island during the 1980's and early 1990's. This campaign to save the building, complete with its extensive gardens, has been set up to further support the beliefs of Simon James, who believes 'Windward House', or 'Charlies House' if you prefer, are both architecturally and historically important to the island, and that the building should not be lost due to its architectual significance and uniqueness in the ever growng concrete jungle that is Jersey. The house was originally constructed by localman / artist Francis William Synge Le Maistre in 1924, and contained two unique 'Watercolour Galleries', corridors in the house that were specially designed to show his watercolour paintings at there best, using the light from outside. This is, so far as we both know, a unique architectual feature not apparent in any other residence. He lived in the house until his death in 1940. From then, the house was owned by Mr and Mrs Joyce Martland, who regularly opened the 14 vergees of gardens to the public, for 'open garden schemes' to raise money for charity. These were extreamly popular, due to the buildings location, gradure and beauty. During the 1980's, the house and gardens were used by the BBC as the home of 'Charlie Hungrford', a fictional island millionaire in the television series 'Bergerac'. Watching the series today goes to show just how beautifull and unique the house could look if it were restored. The demolition of 'Windward House' would be yet another loss to the Island of Jersey. Currently, the house is owned by the wealthy businessman Tom Scott, who wishes to demolish the existing house and construct three detached dwellings and two gatehouses which are likely to make him a nice tidy profit, at the expense of developing within a green zone ( a zone designated by the States of Jersey where development should not be takig place). The construction of three properties and a gatehouse is another example of this new development culture in the island of ' knock down one to build two', or in this case three, in order for the owner to make a larger profit than they would if they sold what is currently there. Im simple terms, a 'greed' culture. Windward House / Charlie Hungerfords house is known worldwide and it is of our opinion, Simon James, Martyn Ward and members of this group, that the building should be left as it is and restored to its former glory. Its a well loved and 'traditional' Jersey residence, dating back nearly 100 years . Please sign this petition and pledge your support to stop this redevelopment, stop the owner making more millions for themseleves at the expense of the islands green zones and help save this unique Jersey building Thank you for your support Martyn Ward and Simon James

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