Silo’s for sale

The former GLCM Alert and Maintenance Area (GAMA) at the RAF Greenham Common is currently for sale on the open market by its current owners Flying A services.

Flying A purchased the site when the base was closed and have attempted several unsuccesful changes of use for site including Car Storage, Secure Data Storage and even Aircraft Storage however all planning applications were refused and given the site is listed as a scheduled monument it is unlikely any change of use would ever be approved. The schedule listing also preserves the site preventing redevelopement.

Interestingly the sales listing compares GAMA to Stonehenge, which has a similair monument status, but it is probably a little bit of a stretch, even for an estate agent, to suggest it could attract the same numbers of visitors. Particularly as Flying A have actively sought to prevent anyone from visiting the site without substantial sums of money changing hands.

Its the view of this blog that the site offers a unique insight into the Cold War in Britain and perhaps should be turned over to a group willing to create a Cold War Museum, either via a peppercorn rent or as a gift to the memory of those who served NATO during that turbulent time and also to those who protested so strongly to get rid of Nuclear Weapons. This way the public could visit, remember and be educated on Britains Cold War.

The sales listing can be found here

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1 Comment on "Silo’s for sale"

  1. Terry Andrews | Apr 18, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Reply

    I think you are right, a Cold War/Heritage museum should be set up in the GAMA.
    For to long now Greenham has been forgotten. The potential is there providing the current owners are willing to change there way of thinking?

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