Work on Hove's Engineerium delayed by Badgers

Work on Hove's Engineerium delayed by Badgers

Work on Hove's Engineerium delayed by Badgers

First published in News

The future of an iconic building remains uncertain after fears were raised over the safety of badgers on the site.

A decision on the proposed conversion of The British Engineerium, near Hove Park, into a museum for up to 50,000 people a year has been deferred after councillors voiced doubts over the safety of a badger set on the site.

Labour and Co-op councillors Bob Carden and Leigh Farrow requested more information on the number of badgers on the site at a planning committee meeting on Wednesday to discuss the future of the Victorian pump room.

Councillors expressed frustration that an ecology officer from the council was not able to attend the meeting to answer queries on the threat of building work to the protected species.

Planners had recommended the proposals to build a two-storey extension and a new exhibition hall be approved.

Local property developer Mike Holland, who saved the building from the auctioneer’s hammer in 2006, is behind the plans.

He stressed the importance of preserving the look and feel of the industrial architecture.

The building has since been used as a museum but closed in 2006, with restoration and renovation works currently taking place to reopen the site.

English Heritage supports the idea in general but the Brighton Society and Save Hove have both opposed the plans and neighbours had raised concerns about continuity of materials and the impact on wildlife, including badgers.

The plans involve the creation of a new underground exhibition area below the existing car park.

Disabled access would be created and solar panels would be installed on a new workshop.

Coun Bob Carden said: “I was very disappointed that the issue of the badgers was glossed over and swept under the carpet.

“There was not enough information on the badgers to allow us to make a decision.”

Mr Holland said he was unconcerned with the delay.

He said: “We have done all the reports on the badgers and once this is explained to the councillors, I don’t see that there will be a problem.

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12:40pm Tue 14 Jun 11

haris_pilton says...

send half a dozen Jack Russells in.
send half a dozen Jack Russells in. haris_pilton
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12:59pm Tue 14 Jun 11

notaconspiracy says...

This is a wonderful museum, the huge steam-powered machines are fantastic.

Just move the badgers back to the countryside, they won't move themselves!
This is a wonderful museum, the huge steam-powered machines are fantastic. Just move the badgers back to the countryside, they won't move themselves! notaconspiracy
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1:51pm Tue 14 Jun 11

Granny says...

I wonder if these are the badgers which used to dig up my lawns, as they seem to have moved to pastures greener. Touch wood!
I wonder if these are the badgers which used to dig up my lawns, as they seem to have moved to pastures greener. Touch wood! Granny
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4:45pm Tue 14 Jun 11

cojones says...

Bovine Anthrax spreaders. Kill them all. Blood pest and when you hit them in a car they don't half make a dent.
Bovine Anthrax spreaders. Kill them all. Blood pest and when you hit them in a car they don't half make a dent. cojones
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6:08pm Tue 14 Jun 11

Morpheus says...

I hope that Mr Holland is correct and this work goes ahead.
I hope that Mr Holland is correct and this work goes ahead. Morpheus
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7:05pm Tue 14 Jun 11

Pebbles says...

Re-site the badegers set.. simple... I think the councillors like to jump on the bandbwaggon and make sweeping statements. The Engineerium will make a fantastic place for people to visit as it is part of the heritage of Hove... and Mike Hollan should be given all the support required.
Re-site the badegers set.. simple... I think the councillors like to jump on the bandbwaggon and make sweeping statements. The Engineerium will make a fantastic place for people to visit as it is part of the heritage of Hove... and Mike Hollan should be given all the support required. Pebbles
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