CONCERNS have been raised over the future of Droitwich’s The Raven Hotel after part of its roof fell through.
Resident Mark Workman, who posted a picture of the broken roof (below) on the ‘Pictorial Droitwich Spa’ Facebook group, asked: “Is the huge hole leaving the interior open to the elements?”
He expressed fears if the inside of the building was damaged beyond repair it may have to be demolished and would be beyond restoration.
In 2017 the owner of the hotel, Greyfort Properties, reassured residents it was planning a ‘sympathetic renovation’ to return the grade II listed building to its former glory.
Since then the ownership appears to have switched hands, now listed under the control of Malvern Homes Ltd.
But attempts to contact the firm have been unsuccessful despite increasing worries over the Victoria Square building.
Droitwich resident Janet Cox said: “What a shame for this lovely building to be so neglected.
“It will probably go the same way as the Worcestershire Hotel.”
Other residents said they felt the new owners deserved a chance as they only took it over in July.
A petition has been set up asking Malvern Homes Ltd to ‘guarantee and commit’ to restoring and developing the building.
It also asks for monthly updates on the progress.
Stuart Panrucker, who started the petition, said The Raven was of tremendous benefit to the town, both socially and financially, but it was currently having a detrimental effect on the image, economy and success of Droitwich Spa.
Wychavon District and Droitwich Town Councillor Alex Sinton said: “I understand people’s concerns because it’s an iconic building, one which we’re all proud of.
“But the developers are aware of what’s going on and their short-term and long-term plans will soon be revealed.
“I know a petition has been established, which is great because it shows our residents care, but the developers need to be given an opportunity to shine.
“And the building will not just fall down like some people may think.”
As the Standard went to press the petition was up to 1,020 signatures.
Click here to sign the petition.