Hi I am now back in the UK.
I do not have any plan to develop the site into a commercial facility . The last thing I want is a full time commitment ,The annual running costs of such a facility precludes any profitable business if run on a part time basis. . The new clear explanation of what is available in the UK under the constraints of MSER offers a fantastic opportunity for amateur hobby research . As I travel around the midlands it is wonderful to visit other amateur researchers . Working in sheds, garages and old caravans they pursue their hobby . I cite by way of example , Arthur A who as a retired shed dweller held patents for tilt and steer vehicles ,linear motors , and improved steering of hovercraft , Marek who showed me the mysteries of a passive craft hovering in his garage over a high voltage array . Jim who designs and flies high altitude kites often receiving letters of complaint from the civil aviation agency .
Until now amateur pyrotechnic research has been difficult , not fully knowing the legal implications of what we wished to do. Many people living in towns cities or villages are so close to there neighbors they have not got room to safely manufacture even small quantities of energetic substances and would be unable to undertake amateur research.
I can offer a safe secure private location. Pyrotechnics is not my only hobby . Working alone is not very rewarding.Working together in small informal groups is far more enjoyable.
As to flash compositions- if a competent person wished to research for example shock sensitivity , or effects of granular separation by mixing in for example polystyrene micro-beads or comparative testing of different compositions . this would be possible . However if you wished to produce and fire a 99g flash salute this would not be possible . It would be great to build test machinery to measure shock sensitivity by falling weights and propellant power by a swinging arm as at the royal powder mills . a rocket motor thrust test rig would be good . along with drying and milling facility . The emphasis at all times would be on safe shared research with documented results on site . The ukps is a superb organisation whose members have made this idea possible I welcome the support of ukps but if i do not limit it to members only then the ukps would not be liable for what occurs .This would be casual regular meeting of friends sharing a common hobby and totally open in all that we do
Thanks for the fantastic offer of unpaid compliance consultant --Open Q and A on the forum is perfect
here we go
I have not applied for EPP yet as applying to storing larger quantities of for example perc for at cost transfer to other members would be difficult to justify prior to this venture.
would you recommend that I apply on EPP to hold larger quantities , and if so what quantities? or form a small chemical sales company that holds the stock and sells to epp holders?
I have undertaken shotgun training safety and competency courses . at some future date i would like to apply for shotgun certificate and explosives cert to store black powder . I intend then to buy a muzzle loader for clay pigeon shooting .
Would this be better left in abeyance for a year or more or should i apply rapidly to obtain confirmation that i am a fit and proper person?? there is also of course the totally different use of the black powder that would have to be specified on the application .
is it easier to initially go for pyrotechnic use only??.
And now the big questions
what type and size of small sheds would be appropriate?- Initially as small and as few as is practical as it is easier to increase the number of them later ......What simple modifications could we do to make them safer and compliant? . I like the concept of sand bagging around our test area as it is also noise deadening is it possible to place a corrugated steel sheet and sandbag roof on the back 60 cm of for example a 1square metre test area to direct the noise??.
So far I have deliberately done nothing so that you have a completely blank canvas to work with . The site has been agricultural farmland for the last 100 years and registered with defra as a smallholding for 20 years. There is a polytunnel and veg garden at the furthest point from the house and stables and garden at the rear of house .There are no declared demarcation lines in between as to what constitutes garden or field.. google earth gives a reasonable view( i can pm an exact location if required) you would be very welcome to visit anytime. Advice as to optimal placing and spacing would be greatly appreciated .. . It would be good to mark out the sheds etc with bamboo stakes and bailer twine showing position and direction faced
add a bonfire barbecue and charcoal making fire pit and safety distance line for pitched tents for summer visitors and we have a perfect site
I can get a 100th scale plan drawn showing the placing of your layout and i have the ordnance survey extract of the house and fields . Would it be better at that stage for you to approach Leicestershire constabulary with the proposal as it is very easy to make any changes at the planning stage if required ?????
I have been told by the council planners no consent for small sheds for hobby use is required . They welcomed my offer to paint/stain them dark green . .