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PLANS to protect New Milton’s last remaining air raid shelter could be dropped by the town council over legal costs of up to £9,000.

Councillors had hoped to gain the right to access and maintain the historic structure at the junction of Avenue Road and Station Road from land managers Primary Health Properties (PHP).

However, a recent planning committee meeting heard PHP’s legal advisors stated three lease variations for their tenants plus a new lease for town council involvement would cost £7,000-£9,000.

The old air raid shelter at the junction of Avenue Road and Station Road, New Milton
The old air raid shelter at the junction of Avenue Road and Station Road, New Milton

Having challenged the projected sum, the council was told the legal team held firm and it was expected to make a “substantial contribution”.

Although believing the town’s history should be preserved for future generations, committee members agreed the money could be better spent on other projects.

It was recommended that the project be discontinued due to the cost outweighing benefit to the town.

The matter will be discussed further by the amenities and finance and general purposes committees before going to full council.

As reported in the A&T, councillors wanted to highlight the history of the brick structure, which provided shelter from flack during attacks.



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