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Southampton Rectory Demolition On Hold

Southampton | by Bayshore News Staff  

Court injunction in place; matter expected to be heard this summer.

The proposed demolition of the former Anglican Church rectory in Southampton is on the back burner for now.

A court injunction is in place and Bruce County will do nothing with the property.

Bruce County Warden Mitch Twolan says their demolition permit from Saugeen Shores is in limbo until the issue is dealt with in court.

Twolan says "Without a doubt, we are going to defend the actions that Bruce County has taken."

The Southampton Cultural Heritage Conservancy (SCHC) filed an injunction application in late March.

SCHC member Laura Robinson says the matter is of public interest.

"It would be hard to imagine that you could demolish something while you're waiting for an investigation of whether you even bought it with the correct funds."

In the groups court application it also states they want a permanent injunction into the demolition of the building stating it was purchased through a Trust from the late Krug Brothers to the County of Bruce for the sole purpose of expansion of the Bruce County Museum archives department.

The SCHC contends the county "breached the charitable trust created from the gift from the Krug Estate".

The matter is expected to be heard in court in August.

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