Yes I think that is broadly true. Owners of Listed Buildings are responsible in law for their upkeep/preservation, and any new owner would take over the liability which of course would be tremendously expensive. If they are unable to sell it on, the responsibility remains with Brownsword. The Council should be able to take legal action, or possibly even undertake repairs and recharge the cost. All avenues are going to be an extremely lengthy process, cost a packet and be a very messy business. I could even forsee the possibility of Brownsword having to pay someone to take it off their hands. I think the scar on the historical jewel that is the Cathedral Close will be with us for many years to come.I thought it had to be rebuilt as closely as possible to the original.