Images from within Sandfields kindly supplied by Dave Moore.
Dave Moore, the Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire has been in touch with some great news about Lichfield’s greatest hidden asset, Sandfields Pumping Station and his campaign with the Lichfield Waterworks Trust to preserve this remarkable building for the community.
On Monday 31st October 2016, Dave and other members of the trust finally gained access to the building and the remarkable steam engine it contains after long and painstaking negotiations with Persimmon Homes, the current owner.
The trust announced it had been successful in securing the building for the future as revealed here last year.
Dave posted the above pictures – the first taken within Sandfields for a very long time – and had this to say:
Today the team met with Persimmon Homes Ltd. at Sandfields Pumping Station to finalise the access licence.
We are very pleased to say that Persimmon Homes have done an amazing amount of work to clean up the pumping station, make safe the wells, boreholes and guard rails and they have completed an asbestos survey.
With just a few small items to finalise, we should be looking at obtaining the keys in about two weeks’ time.
Great news indeed and a very big thank you to everyone in making this project happen, doing the impossible sometimes takes a little longer.
This is great news, and I’d like to congratulate Dave, Chris Pattison and all at the Trust who’ve fought so hard for this – and I also owe them an apology, as I missed advertising their public meeting last month :-(…
Do pop over to Dave Moore’s blog and check out the history of Sandfields Pumping Station, an almost forgotten gem – the group also has a Facebook page.
Fine people, working entirely from their own volition to preserve community history. What’s not to love?