Council pull down piece of history
THE yards were created to keep cattle safe herded by drovers for thousands of kilometres and it stood at Leyburn for almost 150 years until the Southern Downs Regional Council pulled it down on Monday, not realising its significance.
Described by Leyburn residents as a “sad day”, the Stock Pound Yard was one of Leyburn’s oldest structures and even got a mention in this year’s SDRC Cultural Heritage Study.
Leyburn Historical Society member Mary Hamblin said this week the group was in the motion of updating the village’s heritage trail but the list will now read Site of Stock Pound Yard 1861 to 2010.
“Well, it’s gone now,” Mrs Hamblin said. “The heritage trail hasn’t been updated since 1987 when the school turned 125 so we were going to do it this week but in the same week it’s been demolished.”
Mrs Hamblin has lived in Leyburn for 46 years and said the fence needed some attention with white-ants reportedly being found in the structure.
“It was a part of our region’s history but it was in pretty bad shape, which was sad,” she said. “It would have been nice for residents to be consulted but it’s not the council workers’ fault, they were told to do it from above. When (the site’s heritage significance was raised with SDRC) they left one side up and have given the Leyburn Pound sign to the society.”
A SDRC spokeswoman said council dismantled the Leyburn fence as a wet-weather exercise because the plant had been stood down during the rain and was not aware of its significance.
“Unfortunately officers were not aware of the significance of this site as it is not listed on the heritage register,” the spokeswoman said.
“Council apologised that the work was undertaken without consultation.”