Sandwell Council has today issued this statement:
The council are really sorry to announce that the contractor, Fairhurst Ward Abbotts (FWA), carrying out restoration to Lightwoods House and Park has gone into administration.
We are very disappointed for those employed by FWA, their sub-contractors and suppliers and also for the local community.
Both the council and the Heritage Lottery Fund acknowledge there may be a delay in completing the restoration but this will not prevent the delivery of the project. It is inevitable there will be some delays whilst things are sorted out and we hope to get the work back underway very soon.
In the meantime we have taken steps to secure the house and site with on-site 24 hour security and installation of CCTV around the house. The council will endeavour to keep the Friends Group and the wider community informed as things progress.
This means the site visits planned for this weekend will no longer happen.