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Captain Tom's prized award and Guinness Book of Records plaque cleared as spa demolished by daughter
25 January 2024, 16:42
Some of Captain Tom Moore’s prized possessions have been cleared from the controversial spa complex built in his name ahead of its demolition.
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Hannah Ingram-Moore and her husband Colin were spotted removing some items earlier this week.
Other people were today seen taking away some of the contents of the spa block - including a special Sports Personality of the Year award given to Captain Tom, the Helen Rollason Award, which recognises outstanding achievement in the face of adversity.
Also removed from the site was his Guinness Book of Records certificate, some paintings, and a model aircraft.
Boxes, gym equipment, and other objects were removed from the spa block ahead of it being demolished.
Workers have arrived this week at Mrs Ingram-Moore's home in Bedfordshire to tear down the unauthorised building, which is at the heart of a planning dispute.
The £200,000 complex was ordered to be destroyed by February 7 but neighbours in Marston Moretaine had complained there was no sign of works starting.
Ms Ingram-Moore and husband Colin built the spa at their £1.2m home after getting permission for an L-shaped charity office for the Captain Tom Foundation.
A year later, in 2022, a retrospective planning application for a C-shaped building containing a spa pool was turned down by Central Bedfordshire Council.
James Paynter, a chartered surveyor, claimed on behalf of the family it would be used for old people to enjoy rehabilitation sessions.
Ms Ingram-Moore argued it was not for the family's benefit because it would also be used to hold cards and gifts from Captain Tom's fans.
But the council's planning enforcement said the structure was too different to the originally-envisioned building.
And a planning inspector found they were unable to get into the building during a site visit in March 2022, and could not look in because windows were covered.
An enforcement notice demanding the spa be torn down was issued.
The Planning Inspectorate refused to accept the family's appeal after a hearing in October and they did not apply for a judicial review.
Captain Tom raised nearly £40m for NHS charities during the coronavirus pandemic as he walked laps of his garden.
He went on to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth and died in 2021 aged 100.
His family set up the Captain Tom Foundation, but it is due to close after a Charity Commission probe is concluded.
It launched a statutory inquiry into the charity last year over decisions that "may have generated a significant profit" for a company run by the couple.
It said Club Nook Ltd, a separate firm, had been given the opportunity to trademark variations of the name "Captain Tom" without objection from the charity.