HUNDREDS of people have signed a petition calling for Bournemouth council to step in and save a 17th century grade II listed building in “dilapidated” condition.

Members of Moordown Local History Society presented the petition appealing for action to preserve Moorside Cottage to the Planning Committee on Monday October 21.

Local historian and member of Moordown Local History Society, Bernadette Hallam, said the grounds are being used as a rubbish tip and the thatch roof is in serious need of repair.

She said: “The cottage has fallen into a dilapidated condition and its grounds are being used to store and burn rubbish.

“It is becoming urgent to have the thatch replaced as soon as possible in order to bring the whole site up to an acceptable standard befitting its status as a grade II listed building.

“We would like to see it fully renovated and used as an educational tool.”

Residents and members of the Moordown Local History Society are appealing to the planning committee to ensure the building’s owners carry out essential repairs and stop the “dangerous” use of the grounds. The privately-owned cottage which is of cob wall construction is well hidden away from public view at the end of McWilliam Road.

David Hemming, 76, who has lived opposite Moorside Cottage since 1964 said: “It is such a shame that it has been left to deteriorate. It looks like a junkyard.”

Nigel Billett, Principal Appeals and Enforcement Officer, said: “We will investigate the concerns presented to the Planning Board regarding Moorside Cottage.

“An assessment of the site will be undertaken and a report of the findings will be presented to the Planning Board at the next meeting.”