Opinion: Authorities Act at Last to Save Old Sarum Airfield Hangar

FINALLY!

A plan to save one of Salisbury’s historic treasures is ready for take-off.

The badly neglected Grade 2* listed Hangar Three at Old Sarum Airfield has been added to Historic England’s register of buildings which are officially at risk.

That means the heritage body’s experts can work with Wiltshire Council officers to draw up plans for its restoration, using legal powers if necessary to ensure that the work happens.

They describe its condition as “very bad” and have put it in their highest risk category.

They are offering to work with the hangar’s owners, a company based in the Bahamas, but can get on and get things done without them if necessary.

For the SOS – Save Old Sarum group (including me!) and the local Wiltshire councillor, Ian McLennan, who have been desperately trying to get the authorities to take a more active interest in the building’s fate for several years now, this is wonderful news.

And it comes not a moment too soon, with stormy weather starting to set in, and the hangar’s roof looking unlikely to survive another winter.

I can’t tell you how chuffed I am! We can’t be triumphalist, because there’s so much more at the World War One airfield that needs safeguarding, and its owners, who would like to build a few hundred houses there, are currently embroiled in legal action against the council. But it’s a great start.

Originally posted at – https://annieriddle.blogspot.com/

You can see the damage via tweets from SOS- Save Old Sarum