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In late 1998, as the application for funding was about to be submitted for feasibility studies, a change in climate at Vauxhall and as part of their expansion plans made them decide to withdraw their interest in the development of the hangar site. High level talks then began between Vauxhall Motors and The Griffin Trust with a view to The Griffin Trust becoming owners of the site. Unfortunately, due to the small amount of sponsorship coupled with the council’s urgent works notice on the hangars it was deemed too risky for the charity to take this debt on board.

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