The City of Brampton continues to be concerned over the number of heritage properties that have recently been damaged or destroyed by fire and suspected arson. We want to assure residents that we remain committed to protecting and preserving the many important heritage buildings in our community.
With a history of comprehensive safety policies in place, Brampton is a leader in the protection of vacant heritage buildings. The City’s Heritage staff monitors the 32 vacant heritage properties for compliance with relevant by-laws, codes and guidelines, and documents properties for the historical record. In addition, staff identifies any security concerns to Fire Services, By-law Enforcement and Peel Police for investigation.
As a result of the incidents that have recently taken place, the City is stepping up its efforts. Council has directed staff to review existing guidelines and procedures and to make recommendations on how we can better protect these important properties.
We also ask for the community’s support in these efforts, and encourage anyone who sees suspicious activity around a heritage property to contact police, Fire Prevention or the City’s Planning Department.
The loss of a heritage property is a lost connection to our rich history. Protection of the remaining heritage properties will continue to be a priority for this Council.
Commissioner, Planning, Design and Development
City of Brampton