In November 2017 the site owners Persimmon Homes Ltd decided to remove the generator that the members had been using at Sandfields Pumping Station to undertake restoration work and announced that they did not wish to extend the licence.
Following a meeting with the owners in February 2108 the trust received an assurance that a temporary electrical supply would be reinstated, and lease would be granted. Lease documents arrived with the trust solicitors on 26 October 2018. The documents left several outstanding questions in terms of repairs, the section 106 agreement and other commitments given to maintain the building and set up an adequately funded trust.
The outstanding issues were raised with the owner who responded that the lease is for one year then the trust must take ownership for £1.00. The owners stated that if we did not wish to accept this offer, what are our plans for vacating the building?
In view of the heavy financial burden these outstanding repairs would inflict on the trust, the duration of the lease and the flat refusal to fund any respiration costs the trust has decided in its best interest to vacate the building as of 1 February 2019.
We know that this is a bitter blow and disappointment for all of the hard work the members have put in. However, the liability of the outstanding repairs and a refusal to fund any restoration costs are way beyond the scope of the trust and would put the building at a higher risk of loss than it is now.
The owners have come back to us and offered to discuss the terms of the lease an outlining their concerns as to why they did not wish to continue with the licence. On this basis the trust has agreed not to vacate the building on 1 February pending further talks. Work on site to reinstate the electrical supply has now started.
The trust is more than happy to enter into a meaningful discussion with the stakeholders and will continue to work in the best interest of the membership.
Thank you all for your continued help and support, we will of course keep you informed of progress.