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Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Please support the planning appeal with all due haste - deadline February 29th

Gatwick Aviation Museum is now appealing against the unfair and unjustified barriers that Mole Valley Council have placed in the way of the volunteer efforts to create a unique heritage museum of historic, National and International significance.

Please support the appeal with all due haste - deadline February 29th

Here is a link to the notice of appeal, which provides the address and instructions for lodging your support for the Museum

You might also be interested to read my previous letter of support to Mole Valley Council and to the Secretary of State for Culture.

My experience is that Mole Valley have not properly entered into correspondence with me, nor with other supporters, and this has required writing additional letters (available in this blog) and the creation of this web site to get their attention. After a short telephone call, they then cut off all further contact with letters not being answered.

Once again, here is the link to the short document which explains how you can support the appeal

This Aviation Museum has a unique collection of British Aircraft from the "golden age" of British aircraft manufacture. From the end of WWII until the 1970's British aircraft designers produced some of the most innovative and advanced aircraft of the day. In this collection there are examples from the major manufacturers of this period.
Amongst the list are classic names, English Electric, Avro, de Havilland, Hawker, Fairey, Blackburn, Percival.


  1. Kenneth Lyndon -Dykes14 February 2012 at 22:37

    What can I do to be of practical help to fight this short sighted and foolish council K Lyndon-Dykes

    1. Thank you. You can support the appeal by writing to the planning authority. All details, address and deadline are here:

  2. I have spent a day touring the Gatwick Air Museum. I am amazed at how much this small organization has accomplished! Their collection is unique and should definitely be preserved for future generations. The aircraft desperately need to be enclosed to limit the damage from the weather. Buildings should be constructed to house and properly display the collection as soon as possible. The location next to the Gatwick airport is a perfect location. Richard C. Keyt Granbury, Texas, USA

  3. Howard, It would be useful to have some guidance notes on what we should write/include in our letter. It would be better if someone could prepare a letter that highlights the strong points of the museums case that we could personalise and send. Ralph

    1. For information of that type, please write to the museum via For my own part, I will be using the letters I have previously written to the council, and the secretary of state for media, which are on this blog for your reference. I will be adding a simple statement that I support all points of the appeal.

  4. I cant find words to describe how I felt when I first saw the Gatwick Aviation Museum, it has so much to see and adore. It makes one wonder how much hard work and dedication has been put behind it. It has History of Aviation, it is very educating, It can benefit future generations specially prospective people who want to learn more about the history of Aviation Industry. When I saw the Commercial Aviation Section, it reminded me of my Air travels during my Child hood, practically speaking I used to tell my children how the food used to be served during flights and there was an airline called British Caledonian, Now I can practically take my kids to the museum and show them all the samples which are securely saved in the museum. This is just a very small example. In reality the Authorities should give medals to people behind this hard work and honor their work to do the least in reciprocation to their effort. It is very sad to see that authorities can be so ignorant and thinking to demolish it.. I dont know what to say to this, All I will say is that it is very annoying.....
    Sohail Shamsi
    Crawley) 07908682781..

    I will support it at every level

  5. Howard, can support be either sent to Peter or submitting the a comment on the case?