Bletchley Park disappointed by Governments response.

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  1. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Computer Shopper: News: Bletchley Park disappointed by government's response to petition


    The Bletchley Park Trust has expressed its disappointment at the government's response to a petition urging the Prime Minister to offer financial support to the historic WW2 code-breaking site. Although the petition gathered a huge response of 21,920 signatures, the government only responded to say that it could not help.
    "The buildings on the Bletchley Park site are of significant historic importance and, although recognising the excellent work being carried out there, at present [the government] has no plans, nor the resources, to extend its sponsorship of museums and galleries beyond the present number," read an official statement.
    The denial of help is particularly disappointing, as the Bletchley Park Trust was only seeking modest help while the site goes through some redevelopment.
     
  2. airborne medic

    airborne medic Very Senior Member

    Peter,
    Thanks for posting...I'm sure a number of forum members signed this and similar petitions (I certainly did)....another exceptional descision by Mr Brown....exceptionally bad......
    It seems to me that having these petitions on 'his website' are just a bit of window dressing to show that he's listening to the electorate......
     
  3. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter 1940 Obsessive

    I was disappointed with the response too.

    Didn't really expect any better. I've yet to hear of a single petition that achieved anything. Presumably it would need more than half the electorate to make a difference ?
     
  4. Elven6

    Elven6 Discharged

    Was this a online or mail in petition?
     
  5. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    It was an on-line petition.

    The Governments response


    Tuesday 25 August 2009 BletchleyPark - epetition response

    We received a petition asking:“We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to save Bletchley Park.”

    Details of Petition:

    “As has been reported elsewhere, Bletchley Park “have two to three more years of survival”. The Bletchley Park Trust receives no external funding. It has been deemed ineligible for funding by the National Lottery, and turned down by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Please do not allow this crucial piece of both British and World culture to disappear. If ever an example were needed of Britain leading the world, this surely would be it. To allow it to fall into the hands of developers would be simply unconscionable.”

    · Read the petition
    · Petitions homepage

    Read the Government’s response

    Thank you for your e-petition.
    The Government agrees that the buildings on the Bletchley Park site are of significant historic importance and, although recognising the excellent work being carried out there, at present it has no plans, nor the resources, to extend its sponsorship of museums and galleries beyond the present number.
    A number of things are being done to help Bletchley Park.

    English Heritage, Milton Keynes Council and English Partnerships have worked jointly with the Trust that runs the Park to prepare a Conservation Management Plan for the site. English Partnerships has acquired some parts of the site and will ensure that any development of these areas is planned and delivered in a way that reflects the important historical nature of the Park. English Partnerships has also invested in the core site and contributed funds towards an emergency repair programme on Block D, the largest derelict wartime building in Britain, and is planning to undertake further substantial works to sensitively refurbish this important listed building.

    The Heritage Lottery Fund’s regional development team, along with the DCMS sponsored Museums, Libraries and Archives Council in the South East have been in regular contact with the Bletchley Park Trust, offering advice and guidance on how best to put together a robust application for funding. In addition, the Trust has now made a further application to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
    In November 2008 English Heritage announced the award of a grant of £330,000 to Bletchley Park to cover urgently needed repairs to the roof, and in March of this year it was announced that Milton Keynes Council, in partnership with English Heritage, will provide a further £600,000 for critical restoration work.
     
  6. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Duplicate post
     
  7. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter 1940 Obsessive

  8. Steve G

    Steve G Senior Member

    :huh: So; They can't / won't. Now they have, anyway? Is that about the long and the short of it?

    There's 'Government'! :screwy:
     

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