Following the recent act of criminal damage at the Dovecote in Canons House, Mitcham, Councillor Tariq Ahmad, cabinet member for Environment and Traffic Management, released the following statement:
“The Canons House, the Dovecote and its grounds form a very important part of the history of Mitcham and it is disappointing that there are people within the community who do not recognise the significance of this building.
“Merton Council will be taking urgent action to ensure that the repairs are carried out in a manner consistent with the original construction of the Dovecote. Fortunately, the damage is not great and does not affect the overall construction of the building.”
During the incident, vandals damaged soft chalk blocks forming the construction of the building. The matter has been reported to Merton Police, who will investigate the offence.
The Dovecote is stated to be the oldest building in Mitcham and was probably constructed in the 14th Century as part of the Cranmer Estate. The building is made of chalk blocks and contains over 400 individual nesting sites. It is Grade II listed by English Heritage.
The repair requires specialist masons to replace the block, however both Merton’s planning division and English Heritage will oversee the repairs to ensure that the correct type of material is used.