Samantha Johnson, Inspector of Historic Buildings in Sussex for Historic England came to see the Cottage on 15 December 2016. She was accompanied by the Senior Historic Buildings Adviser for Chichester District Council and the Principal Conservation Officer of Arun District Council.
Following the visit, Historic England issued the following Press Release:
‘We have met with The Blake Cottage Trust and we are encouraged by their clear enthusiasm for the grade II* listed building, as well as their commitment to finding long term uses for it. The building is now structurally secure and we look forward to a constructive working partnership with The Trust, Arun District Council and local people to help secure a sustainable long term future for Blake’s cottage.’
Note: Historic England is the public body that looks after England’s historic environment. They champion and protect historic places, helping people understand, value and care for them.