Since the formation of the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station, things have start to move slowly, but in the right direction. Most importantly, people are talking to us.
We had made an application to English Heritage to amend the listing status of the engine and building to include better and fuller details of the unique 190 horse power Cornish beam engine. English Heritage have been in touch and confirmed that they are now reviewing the listing status.
Lichfield District Council have also confirmed that they have served an informant notice to complete some roof and security repair work on the building.
We have been told that the options appraisal or heritage assessment is now completed, and is awaiting publication. We are a little concerned that we have not seen any evidence of any community consultation. Our core values are to ensure the safety, conservation, security and accessibility of Sandfields Pumping Station to a wider community. We have therefore written to the Staffordshire Historic Building Trust and requested we meet with them, prior to publication of the heritage assessment so that the local community can be represented. Staffordshire Historic Building Trust have confirmed that they will meet with us in the new year.
The Sandfields Estate Management board has designed a leaflet inviting the residents of the Sandfields estate, and the other houses within the vicinity, to ask for their views.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very safe and merry Christmas and a happy new year. Thank you all for your help and support.