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hawker1UPDATE: Residents' Association campaigns to save the former home of the late Sir Sydney Camm from demolision
UPDATE: 26th April 2015
Press Release
Developers break promises on demolition of “Hurricane”  House

29embercourtroadDeveloper Shanly Homes have moved in their bulldozers to demolish Carradale, 29 Embercourt Road, Thames Ditton, the home of Sir Sydney Camm, designer  of the  Hawker Hurricane planes which were vital to the country’s success in the 1940 Battle of Britain. “This man saved Britain” – The News Chronicle January 1941.

Mark Evans, residential managing director at Shanly Homes  said  in the press on Friday 24th April   “Demolition  has not started at 29 Embercourt Road and, at present, we do not have a scheduled date for the commencement of demolition works”.   On the very  same  day that  he spoke, contractors on the site were already at work starting demolition and on Saturday morning a  demolition excavator machine was moved on  to the site.

All this has taken place while discussions  are  underway between Elmbridge Council and Shanly Homes to find a way forward  which would be financially viable for Shanly while retaining the Sydney Camm house.

Elmbridge Cllr Karen  Randolph said:  “This was the home for 28 years of one of the greatest designers of aircraft the world has known.  In this year, the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, we should be celebrating his achievements,  not demolishing the evidence of his existence.”

Stewart John OBE, past President of The Royal Aeronautical Society, paid tribute to Sir Sydney Camm as designer of at least 50 aircraft from the Hawker Hurricane, Typhoon and Tempest to the Harrier jump jet. “He was on a par with Sir Frank Whittle, Sir Barnes Wallis and Sir George Edwards. In any other country in the world he would be celebrated as a great designer and engineer and there would be no question of destroying his home where he lived and worked for so many years.”


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