Greenham Parish Council has today completed the purchase of the iconic Greenham Control Tower from West Berkshire Council.
West Berkshire Council agreed to sell the tower to the parish council last December but it has taken until now to complete the transaction.
Greenham Parish Council has won a government grant of £421,555 which, together with the £250,000 committed to the project by Greenham Common Trust, will pay for the purchase, restoration and conversion of this iconic building.
The parish council plans to restore the tower and use it as a visitor centre for users of Greenham Common. A café and toilets will be included in the restored building. There will also be lots of information about the history of the former RAF Greenham Common airbase as well as descriptions of the wildlife that can be found on the common today.
The project, instigated by Greenham Councillor Julian Swift-Hook, is the first in West Berkshire to take advantage of the new Community Right to Bid laws introduced by the Localism Act in 2011. The parish council beat six other bids from private and commercial bidders.
Separately, the parish council submitted a planning application last week to enable the necessary restoration work to be carried out to the Grade II listed building.
The application is currently being considered by West Berkshire Council’s Planning Department. A decision is expected by 4th June.