As someone on my Comments section sensibly suggested, I have now checked as to whether or not it is OK to make comments on the legal proceedings while the Inquiry takes place. The advice is that it’s not, not least because it might be irritating to the Inspector. So, you may all be pleased to hear that I am going to go quiet on the topic until the end of the month in order to await the formal findings and final decision.
If meanwhile, you are interested in finding out what is going on, there is a twitter feed which is run anonymously which is likely to provide some level of independent running commentary on what is going on:- (https://twitter.com/SavetheWbf?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor).
Alternatively, of course, you can attend yourself by writing to email@example.com and logging in, but the hearings are going to take place all next week and are not going to end till the end of the month. The only bit of it which I will really miss is the visit to Middleport Pottery, which I have only seen from the outside and provides a good model for how to keep an old craft industry going in a new economic environment.
Before I log out, it is probably worth re-iterating that a legal Inquiry is a very expensive business. It sometime feels to me a bit like David and Goliath: a small-scale charitable organisation intervening to prevent a rich American plutocrat from despoiling a piece of London heritage. Many of my blog followers have already contributed very generously. Indeed, they have made the recruitment of Rupert Warren QC possible. But we are still about £15,000 short of what we need to cover our expenses. The simplest way to give is to go to the relevant page of the Re-Form website which has all the relevant information as to how to do it, including a Gift Aid Form:-
Finally, I want to thank all my friends and blog followers for their generosity and valiant support. We await the decision.