Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Council Threat to Exterminate Sci-Fi Museum's Allen-Dalek

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Council Threat to Exterminate Sci-Fi Museum's Allen-Dalek

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Byline: HANNAH GRAHAM Reporter

ASCI-FI-LOVER'S passion project is under threat from council officials, who say the shed which houses his model Dalek breaches planning rules.

But locals say they'll fight to defend the much-loved model.

Art teacher Neil Cole has become embroiled in a row over his museum of science fiction, which he founded in the cellar of his home in Allendale, Northumberland. The model Dalek which adorns the outside of the museum has become a popular sight in the village, as beloved by walkers strolling past to take selfies as it is with the Doctor Who fanatics who travel from the other end of the country, or even the world, to see Neil's collection.

But in January, Neil was told the small display shed, where the model he made with students, had to go, as it didn't comply with planning constraints on his Grade II-listed home. Now, the Doctor Who fan has been allowed to apply for retrospective permission to erect the small wooden shed, without which, he says, the Dalek, which would be damaged in bad weather, will not be able to stay in Allendale.

After just two days on the Northumberland County Council website, the application has been inundated with supportive comments, with 57 supportive comments at time of writing.

Some report travelling to Northumberland or to Allendale specifically to see the museum and then spending money in the town. Comments come from as far afield as Norfolk, Shropshire and Glasgow, while Neil claims he's had visitors from Canada.

Derek Mahoney, of Cheshire, wrote: "Until I met Neil and Lisa Cole I admit I had never heard of Allendale. But now I've been several times all thanks to the museum and Neil and Lisa's hard work.

"It is a credit to Allendale and a marvellous boost to tourism. The shed does not in any way detract from the area, but when open the Dalek is a marvellous indication of the museum's location. …

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