Campaigners say the heritage of a town will be ‘swallowed up’ if one of its most historic buildings is demolished.
It comes after proposals to pull down Ivy House in Cannock unexpectedly resurfaced.
Residents are going to apply to get the former hospital and workhouse listed building status to prevent it from being reduced to rubble. They say the site should be recognised as a building of historical significance in the local area. Campaigner Margaret Price said: “Instead of knocking it down they should be putting a blue plaque on it.
“There are buildings in and around this area that are listed but they aren’t even as old and don’t look half as nice. The value to the community of this building just can’t be stressed enough. It’s 143 years old.
“If this was in Lichfield or somewhere like Bath they would never even be considered. Cannock’s heritage will be swallowed up.”
She said the campaigners would prefer the building to remain intact and house a solicitors firm, an estate agent or even a dentist. Ivy House was formerly a Victorian workhouse and then a maternity hospital.
The building is being earmarked for development under new proposals by Wrekin Housing Trust. The former hospital could make way for 12 affordable homes and four apartments. Previous plans to knock down the building were shelved by Staffordshire County Council in March after more than 1,000 people signed a petition.
Public meetings are being held to discuss the proposals at St Stephen’s Church in Cannock tomorrow and Wednesday.