Appeal by museum bosses as wall bows

CONCERN: The damage to the wall at the British Commercial Vehicle Museum
CONCERN: The damage to the wall at the British Commercial Vehicle Museum

Work has started on one of the main walls of a Leyland museum amid health safety fears the 1930s building is falling down.

Scaffolding has been put up at the British Commercial Vehicle Museum on King Street after officials discovered that wall at the rear was twisting and likely to collapse.

It comes just weeks after the Guardian reported that the bosses at the Leyland attraction face a cash crisis as visitor numbers slumped.

Stephen Bullock, who is one of the trustees, said: “This is a big blow for us because we have had a difficult summer.

“The building is tired and expired because it is more than 80-years-old.

“We know it needs a new roof and heating system but it was even worse when we saw the wall was twisting.

“We have had to take it apart bit by bit and replace the wall. In order to keep the costs down we are using the existing bricks and we will have to spend £5000 on it.

“That money is going to come from a cheque from South Ribble Council for our work during the Leyland Festival.

“We had hoped that the money could have been put towards the roof.

“We need to spend £460,000 on that and then a further £120,000 for the heating systems.

“We don’t get grants from anybody so need as many people to visit us as possible.”

Organisers are appealing for the public’s support to boost their coffers.

Stephen added: “Visitor numbers have picked up slightly but it has to continue if we are to stay open.”

The museum faces a race against time to get people through the doors as it closes for the winter at the end of October

They hope to generate enough money to repair the roof so they can stay open all year round.

It is open Thursday to Sunday 10am to 5pm throughout August.