Dam­busters mu­seum set to be given a new home

Derby Telegraph - - NEWS -

A Lan­caster bomber flies over the Lady­bower Dam Fairholmes Vis­i­tor Cen­tre in the Der­went Val­ley build­ing at Fairholmes would be on the site’s lower car park, close to the ex­ist­ing vis­i­tor cen­tre, and re­quires the re­lo­ca­tion of a num­ber of park­ing spa­ces.

The ex­ist­ing shop and in­for­ma­tion point would be moved to the new stone-built struc­ture, along­side the ex­hi­bi­tion space, an in­door café and a dis­abled toi­let. An out­side ter­race and ob­ser­va­tion bal­cony would also be fea­tures.

“Fairholmes Vis­i­tor Cen­tre is Sev­ern Trent’s sec­ond busiest vis­i­tor site and one of the most pic­turesque lo­ca­tions within the Sev­ern Trent es­tate,” plan­ning doc­u­ments say. “The re­quire­ment to pro­vide a new home for the Dam­busters ex­hi­bi­tion has pre­sented the op­por­tu­nity to up­grade the ex­ist­ing vis­i­tor fa­cil­i­ties at Fairholmes.”

There are also plans to re­model the ex­ist­ing build­ing to pro­vide a new chang­ing places toi­let, an en­larged kiosk and ad­di­tional fe­male toi­lets.

Pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on the plans is open un­til Jan­uary 28, and a fi­nal de­ci­sion is ex­pected by mid-Fe­bru­ary.

A spokesper­son for Sev­ern Trent added: ‘We have plans to cre­ate a per­ma­nent Dam­busters ex­hi­bi­tion at the Fairholmes cen­tres, based on the now closed mu­seum in the Der­went Dam tower. Along­side that, we will also have space given over to some key mes­sages around wa­ter while also cre­at­ing an in­door café space and kitchen for vis­i­tors.”

ROD KIRKPATRICK/F STOP PRESS

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