In 2013, Trustees agreed that there was no alternative but to urgently explore a re-location of the entire collection from Weedon to a more suitable site, and one without the endless delays and complete lack of progress beyond the Trust’s control suffered there.
After considerable work spent in seeking another suitable site, a location in Hampshire was identified and after negotiations with the site owners, the entire FireWorld collection of historic fire engines and firefighting & rescue equipment was re-located in the autumn of 2017 to storage at Petersfield, just off the A3 trunk road.
Welcome support came from Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service and its fire authority for the Trust and its FireWorld Museum project being located within the county.
Into 2018 there followed discussions with the South Downs National Park planning authority regarding the detail of the FireWorld Museum new design and build, and various meetings with local councils and various interested parties seeking further support.
However, this progress with the Hampshire site became offset by the emerging requirements of the various pre-planning and the protracted consultation stages and the timescales likely to be involved. As a result, the Trust’s historic appliances, equipment and memorabilia have now been relocated to a suitable storage location in Yorkshire, and discussions are in progress regarding this site becoming a permanent base.
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