Except on the Ile de Thanet, of course. The headline on the front page of the latest edition of 'Thanet Matters', our local council's free, er, magazine, trumpets: Preserving Our Area - Conservation In Action.
In fact lots of things here on Ramsgate's East Cliff have been preserved for quite some time now thanks to conservation inaction, and the peculiar laws of quantum mechanics that apply on Uranus.
LAW 1: WHAT GOES UP NEVER COMES DOWN
Scaffolding in Augusta Road. Been there for the best part of a year.
LAW 2: WHAT COMES DOWN NEVER GOES UP
Pleasurama. Burnt down seven years ago.
The Granville. Partly rebuilt a while back, but not this bit which, according to planning permission granted years ago, should look like this by now:
LAW 3: WHAT GOES UP KEEPS GOING UP AND UP
Temporary fencing on our crumbling cliff top. Been there for almost two years, and more keeps going up every week.
LAW 4: WHAT GOES UP SOMETIMES COMES DOWN AFTER A FEW WEEKS
October 2006 - the developer's sign goes up.
November 2006 - the developer's sign comes down.
LAW 5: AND SOME THINGS DON'T GO UP OR DOWN