Harrow appeal to Darling for Bentley Priory grant

bentley priory visualisationLB Harrow has appealed to the Chancellor to help keep alive plans for a museum at Bentley Priory.

The future of the historic Battle of Britain HQ in Stanmore suffered a delay when Barratt Homes, withdrew its interest in acquiring the site from Vinci St Modwen.

The Council has since asked the Ministry of Defence to cover the cost of the museum, but having had that request rejected, moved its focus to the Treasury. Councillor Marilyn Ashton¬†wrote in her letter to the Chancellor: “I am writing to ask if there is any way the Treasury can help preserve the memory of Battle of Britain pilots by funding, directly or indirectly, a museum at the former site of RAF Command at Bentley Priory. The recession has now plunged the whole development into doubt.”

“My request is that the Treasury considers funding a museum via grant or through the use of any subsidy that could make the site more attractive to private developers.”

Squadron Leader Erica Ferguson of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association, said: “We have always had a good relationship with the council and its attempts to get the Government to foot the bill is much appreciated. We do, however, feel that a deal can be struck in the future anyway and from our perspective we are happy to wait 18 months to find a new bidder because we would rather be patient and wait for the right buyers than rush into a botched job.”

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