A RUN-down Grade II listed building has been bought by a local authority after the owner claimed they could not afford repairs.
Number 9 Fore Street, Witheridge, has been shrouded in scaffolding and plastic sheeting since £14,000-worth of emergency work was carried out in 2010 at North Devon District Council's expense.
A repairs notice was issued on the property in February 2011 when it was estimated about £100,000 needed to be spent to bring it back up to scratch.
The thatched building is in a conservation area and is said to be adversely affecting the character of the street.
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The council has now agreed to buy and restore the property.