ShEd plan’S oFF – Could ‘num­bEr ninE’ Carry on?

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Could there be a work­ing re­prieve for Union of South Africa? Owner John Cameron has not ruled that out, fol­low­ing Fife Coun­cil’s re­jec­tion of plans for an ex­hi­bi­tion hall to house the ‘A4’ af­ter its ‘ticket’ ex­pires part-way through next sea­son.

“We have to wait and see!” John re­sponded when asked if that de­ci­sion might mean No. 60009 car­ries on, or al­ter­na­tively whether it and al­ready-re­tired ‘K4’ No. 61994 might be dis­played some­where other than his farm.

How­ever… do not think this means the for­mer Scot­tish Re­gion chair­man has given up his long-held in­ten­tion to put his LNER ma­chines on static dis­play at home: John says his farm scheme trustees will ap­peal the coun­cil’s re­jec­tion of plan­ning per­mis­sion – and that a de­ci­sion could come “hope­fully by Jan­uary.”

In its de­ci­sion, an­nounced on Oc­to­ber 4, Fife Coun­cil said the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment “would re­sult in the loss of prime agri­cul­tural land” and was “not in keep­ing with the sur­round­ing coun­try­side”.

The sub­mis­sion in­cluded a shed for ‘Num­ber Nine’, The Great Mar­quess and sup­port coach to be dis­played side-by-side on the farm at Bal­buthie, north of the Firth of Forth.

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