MI9's wartime HQ under threat

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  1. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    Online petition to save part of Britain's WW2 heritage: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/buckinghamshire-county-council-and-south-bucks-district-council-save-shean-block-at-wilton-park-beaconsfield-2


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  2. Bernard85

    Bernard85 WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    good day psywar.org,yesterday.09:07 am.re:m19's wartime hq under threat.it looks sadly neglected.there is not much known of the activity's in the general public.wish you luck in your venture,its hard getting funds for a bld in an out of the way place.you know what they say.out of site,out of mind,and woul not 300 homes be more usefull in this day and age,all the best bernard85
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  3. PsyWar.Org

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    A valid point Bernard. Wilton Park is a huge site and Shean Block is a small part of it on the edge of the estate.
    If the planning takes it into account, it should be possible to maintain the building without affecting the density of the proposed housing.

    Yes the building has been neglected, just like the huts at Bletchley Park.

    Just noticed the petition has been signed by a WW2 veteran who worked at Wilton Park during the war as a 'secret listener'.

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  4. PsyWar.Org

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    Just heard that MI9's wartime headquarters has now been demolished.
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  6. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    apparently the developer did the deed before local authority consent was given - lets hope they get a hefty fine at least equal to their profits
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  7. Staffsyeoman

    Staffsyeoman Member

    Compared with the income from selling the developments? Or the fee for the work? Drop in a bucket. Philistines. And I bet all we'll get out of EH is "Oh dear, you've been very naughty, don't do it again".
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  8. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic

    Happening round here with trees. One developer has 'accidentally' chopped down too many ( and which were mature 30yr olds) and another has 'pruned' one to the point where it will not survive. Yet another apparently chopped down a whole load of trees as soon as he bought the land but before applying for planning permission: that way there is no way they can be covered by planning restraints and there were no preservation orders. Simple way forwards is that any breach of this type should result in the development being put on hold until replacement trees etc have returned to the state existing just prior to their demise. That would make them think!
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  9. ritsonvaljos

    ritsonvaljos Senior Member

    Perhaps they could get tough and get the said developer to restore the site as it used to be and as it should be?
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  10. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

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  11. PsyWar.Org

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    Historian Dr Helen Fry, author of "The M Room" and "Spymaster: The Secret Life of Kendrick" will be talking about the demolition of MI9's Wilton Park headquarters on BBC 3 Counties Radio at 3:50 pm this afternoon. Listen live here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/bbc_three_counties_radio
  12. brithm

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  14. Capt.Sensible

    Capt.Sensible Well-Known Member

    Given the site is not designated as a heritage asset (Scheduled, Listed etc) then EH have no powers to intervene. It is a matter for the local planning authority.

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  15. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit

    Had to scroll through the comments to find it, in case it gets lost:


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    As a director of the development company concerned, I would like to set the record straight.
    We did not need a consent to demolish the Shean block and served the correct demolition notices on the council.
    English heritage reviewed the position with this building some time ago and declared it was not worthy of retention.
    Shean block stood in the way of a much needed relief road which is urgently required.
    We understand the importance of the previous use of this site and have every intention to work with interested parties to establish a permanent legacy centre on site.
    We resent the "trial by internet" of our company by Sarah Paterson, a well meaning person no doubt but making allegations that are completely incorrect.
    Very happy to meet at the appropriate time.

    Stephen Wicks CEO Inland Homes
  16. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit

    And no one listens to them.

    "There should be acknowledgement of the potential for the foundations of the former
    mansion and service buildings to remain as archaeological deposits; the archaeological
    significance of the number of historic routeways crossing this area; the potential
    historic significance of Shean Block, which may have been one of the wartime
    interrogation and detention blocks, and historic significance of the early 1950s Eastern
    Command Armed Forces Head Quarters (AFHQ) bunker, which is believed to be a
    unique example of such a bunker and which should therefore be retained."

  17. brithm

    brithm Senior Member

    From Foot and Langley's MI9 book a note on Wilton park

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