A decision to save a "landmark" building in Watford has been welcomed by two senior politicians.

The town's mayor, along with the leader of the opposition, have both recognised in statements how important the Sun Clock Tower is to Watford's history.

It was confirmed last Friday that an an attempt to demolish the former industrial pump housing building had been unsuccessful.

A planning appeal was dismissed by a Government planning inspector, who said they could not "justify" the demolition of the locally listed building, adding the development would cause "unacceptable harm" to the character and appearance of the surrounding area.

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Watford Observer: Credit: Stephen Danzig/Watford Observer Camera ClubCredit: Stephen Danzig/Watford Observer Camera Club

Following the inspector's decision, Watford's Liberal Democrat mayor Peter Taylor said: "I am pleased to see that the planning inspector has decided to uphold the council’s decision not to allow demolition of the Sun Clock Tower in Watford.

"This landmark is an important part of Watford’s heritage as a printing town and the iconic tower means a lot to many local people.

"We will continue to stand up for the people in our town and ensure Watford's history is protected."

Watford Observer: Sun Clock Tower and the site. Credit: Stephen Danzig/Watford Observer Camera ClubSun Clock Tower and the site. Credit: Stephen Danzig/Watford Observer Camera Club

The leader of the Watford Labour group, Cllr Nigel Bell, said he was "pleased by the outcome".

Cllr Bell, who represents the Holywell ward the Sun Clock Tower sits in, added: "I would certainly like to see the Sun Printers clock tower restored taking account of what the inspector says.

"And as I have said in the past, I'd like to see it incorporated into any future development so that its historical significance can be preserved."

Meanwhile, members from the Observer's We Grew up in Facebook page also welcomed the news of the unsuccessful appeal.

Many described it as "fantastic and great" news, with others saying "history should be maintained".