Although not publishing news, it is literary news.
Brontë Landscape’s Battle for Survival as New Housing Threaten’s Tourist Trade – The Guardian – Vanessa Thorpe
Of equal importance to many in Haworth this new year is the parallel struggle to deter developers from building further housing estates across the hills once crossed by the literary sisters and their potent cast of characters.
“There is an assault on the Brontë landscape going on,” said Huxley. “It is not deliberate, but the reason so many people come here is to see the streets and the hills and moor that the sisters wrote about. Some of these views should be sacrosanct.”
Now 20 January looms large in Haworth, which is when English Heritage will come back to see if the church has raised the required £65,000 in order for it to release a pot of £100,000 to repair the worst side of the roof. So far the parish has raised just under £30,000. By chance 20 January is also the last day for objections to be registered to the planned housing developments before Bradford council rules on Haworth’s future.
I did not get a chance to visit Haworth while I was in England and I deeply regret it. If you love the three sisters, if you’re a fan of their work, if you visit authors’ homes like literary pilgrims, please give money to help repair Haworth and prevent housing developments from taking over the moors.
There is a mention in the article about a manuscript written by Charlotte at 14. That particular article can be found here.