A demolition team has arrived at the site of Hannah Ingram-Moore’s unauthorised spa.
Builders have been trying to salvage as much as they can from the building, including windows, tiles and a sink.
Roof tiles were removed one at a time and gym equipment was recovered from the building.
Plus a huge hole was left in the floor of the spa complex after a crane was called in to remove the swimming pool on Friday.
The Ingram-Moore family lost an appeal against Central Bedfordshire Council to keep the spa complex after a planning inspector ruled it was ‘at odds’ with their Grade ll listed home.
They had been given permission to make a Captain Tom Foundation building in their garden to store cards and gifts sent by admirers.
Planning permission had initially been granted for an L-shaped building in the grounds of the family home – the planning authority refused a second application in 2022 for a larger C-shaped building containing a spa pool.
Construction of the spa still went ahead, resulting in Central Bedfordshire Council issuing an enforcement notice in July 2023 requiring demolition.
Central Bedfordshire Council issued an enforcement notice last July to demolish the ‘unauthorised building’ and their appeal was dismissed last November.
They were given three months to remove the sauna and spa – with a deadline of February 7.
Demolition teams first started work in earnest last month, with scaffolding put up around the spa block and piles of
Captain Tom rose to fame after he raised almost £39 million for NHS charities by walking around his garden 100 times using a walking frame during the first Covid lockdown in the spring of 2020.
He was later knighted by the Queen and died in February 2021.
Sir Captain Tom Moore’s Foundation is already the subject of an investigation by the Charity Commission amid concerns about its management and independence from Sir Tom’s family.
The charity watchdog opened a case into the foundation shortly after the 100-year-old died, and launched an inquiry in June 2022.
Scott Stemp, representing Ms Ingram-Moore and her husband, said at the appeal hearing that the foundation ‘is to be closed down following an investigation by the Charity Commission’.
In a TalkTV interview with Piers Morgan, Ms Ingram-Moore conceded it was a mistake to lodge the planning application for the spa under the Captain Tom Foundation, saying the building was merely meant to bear his name.
She denied the family had sought to give themselves ‘a little treat’, claiming the paperwork was filed after her father’s death ‘because we wanted it as part of that legacy, and because it was a nice thing to do’.
In the interview she also admitted her family kept the £800,000 profits from three books Captain Tom had written.
And last month Metro.co.uk revealed Ms Ingram-Moore’s company has seen a massive financial drop amid the continued controversy.
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