Forming an action group

You may wonder: Who am I to set myself up? What special knowledge do I have? Whom do I represent? Do not delay because of these doubts. Remember, one of the fundamental freedoms is the right of free association. You and your neighbours, colleges and friends are free to meet and set up a voluntary organisation with almost any aim in mind. Make use of this freedom.

These are two immediate tasks:

1 - to formulate your message

Make your case crisply and succinctly, comprehensively but not exhaustively. Say why the building is worth preserving, describing briefly its architecture, history and contribution to the local scene.

Support this if you can by suitable quotes from local people, local literature or the national conservation bodies.

2 - to get the message across

Make contact with people sympathetic to your cause. Explain the problem and enlist their support.

Get in touch with SAVE and other relevant bodies (see help box). A telephone call alerting them briefly to the problem followed up by an email is usually the most effective approach. Give details of the building, its address, owner, condition and use. Send photographs if available; if not, take some and forward them as soon as possible.

SAVE and other local and national bodies can support you by making direct contact with the local planing office and writing letters of support to the local press and planners.

Identify the local politicians who are likely to be the most sympathetic.

Get ready to contact the press about publicity for your campaign.

Set up a Facebook/Twitter/Instagram page as quickly as possible.