Following on from the news that Greenham Common’s iconic Cold War control tower was to be sold we can now confirm it is up for Auction by West Berkshire Council. The control tower at the former RAF Greenham Common, which for many was the front line of Britain’s Cold War, was left unused by the US Air Force in 1990 when the base closed and has stood as silent witness to what was the biggest Nuclear weapons base in the UK.
Under the localism act, Greenham Parish Council have been given “first refusal” of the building and now they have confirmed they will be bidding, they have 6 months to raise the funds. The parish wants to open the building to the public as a visitors centre, something this blog fully supports given how much of Greenham Common has been destroyed or consigned to photographs in history.
Another part of the base known as GAMMA (GLCM Alert and Missile Maintenance Area) is also up for sale by its private owners after they failed on repeated occasions to find approval for any commercial use for it. There have been many calls for this too to be converted into a museum or visitor centre.
The sales information and auction details for the Control Tower can be found here
(Special thanks to Rod Holmes once again for the local heads up)