The next monthly open public progress meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust will take place on:
Thursday 29 September 2016 @7.30pm, in the rear meeting room of the
Tel: 01543 523025
Steady as She Goes.
The trust is now in negations with persimmon Home Ltd where we are working jointly to prepare and agree a licence for access to undertake a site investigation/assessment study that will last six months. We have asked that as part of the licence agreement, we will open Sandfields Pumping Station for 3 hours a week to allow supervised visits by member of the trust.
We see the issue of this licence as the first stage of an on-going process to hand back Sandfields Pumping Station to the public, and a significant step towards protecting this unique piece of our industrial heritage.
The draft licence is now complete and has been returned to Persimmon Homes Ltd for their approval.
The trust is also very busy preparing a bid for a Resilient Heritage Grant. The Resilient Heritage Grant will enable the trust to commission a specialist engineering company to conduct a feasibility study on the 190 HP Cornish Beam Engine with a view of returning the engine to steam operation again.
The Resilient Heritage Grant will also be used to fund some training for members of the trust, so that we can allow access to the building to the public.
The trust has also been involved in the heritage Open Days at Maplebrook Pumping Station on Thursday 8 September. The trust worked with South Staffs Water so that we could allow pre booked visitors into one of the most interesting water pumping stations in the area.
Saving Sandfields Pumping Station is an incredibly exciting project, and we would like everyone to become a part of it. Please consider joining the Lichfield Waterworks Trust by clicking the membership link here.
Membership is free, but a small donation would always be very much appreciated. We have an enormous amount of expenditure coming up with the legal fees relating to the access licence, so any amount, however small, will be most welcome.
You can donate either at our online donation link here.
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