Apparently Sandwell council will be pleased to see the famous Grade II Henry Pooley Gates held at the Avery Museum at Soho Foundry (part of the “Silicon Valley of the 18th century“) returned to Liverpool. Above is a shot of the Gatehouse at the Soho Foundry – the Pooley gates can be seen if you go here. The Liverpool Daily Post reports:
The city council has been mired in negotiations with Sandwell Council and English Heritage for years. The major sticking point is getting Grade II building consent to remove them.
Current owners Avery Weigh-Tronnix are understood to approve the deal, leaving the onus on the two councils to agree terms with English Heritage.
Mr Muies, a former seaman who set sail on board the Regent Royal from the Dingle jetty in 1955, said: “People from around the world will come to see them in their original setting because so many of our seamen and women have emigrated and will want to see them back.”
The deal would cost between £35,000 and £40,000, and Sandwell has urged Liverpool to make contact.
So, it seems the whole deal hinges on English Heritage.