The future of an historic pumping station in Lichfield is in safe hands, the outgoing chairman of a trust working to preserve the site has said.
David Moore has been involved in the project to save and restore the Sandfields Pumping Station for almost 10 years.
He said he was proud of the work he and other volunteers at Lichfield Waterworks Trust had achieved.
“My intentions have always been to save this magnificent cathedral to the industrial revolution and to give a voice back to the everyday people who worked in the industrial midlands.
“I have always wanted to tell the remarkable story of clean water and how it extended the average life expectancy by over 30 years. I have also wanted this site to continue serving the community, and not to just sit and languish in a state of dereliction, uncared for and unloved.
“While there is a huge amount of work still to do, the site is now in a safe pair of hands. These people will love and care for it.
“They are a super team who will go from strength to strength and bring to the community a facility that will bring benefit to all.”David Moore
David made the announcement of his decision to stand down as chairman after the pumping station played host to an external event.
He said the ability for the site to become a community asset to host events and continue to tell the story of its past had been one of the success stories of efforts to save the building from decline.
“This was the fourth significant event to be held at Sandfields Pumping Station and signifies a key milestone in the campaign to save this industrial historic gem.
“Saving Sandfields Pumping Station was challenging – but for me it was also an opportunity to give something back.
“Seeing these recent events at Sandfields now makes me feel I have given something to the community, so now my job is done.
“I hope that I have given the team at Lichfield Waterworks Trust the roots to stand firm and resilient and the wings to fly with the confidence to remove the barriers to giving something back to the community.
“I feel privileged and humbled to have worked with them all.”