Peter, I have done a fair bit of work to try and establish who have been owners of the property over the last couple of decades. It is not always enough to believe all you read in the newspapers. It turns out that MMC Developments Ltd. are estate 'agents' rather than developers despite their title. So it is possible they were 'acting' on behalf of the true ownership. Meantime I have found half a dozen other companies with titles like MMC Estates Ltd. and MMC Properties Ltd. with addresses all over the place including London, Norwich and Redcar.
It hardly matters who are or were the owners on the day the fountain was removed but it would help if we believe in the possibility that it was deliberately taken down, rather than stolen.
Allan, you make it all sound like a doddle but Barry and I have been much deeper into the mire. There is not much hope of the local authorities playing the game in the return of the original fountain....but you never know.
I have had a fair bit of experience of taking impressions of mouldings using various methods including latex, moulding rubber and fibreglass. The latter would be out of the question if the original has any undercuts. Of course...you would need permission from the Hythe authorities in the first place.
Modern methods using laser measurement might be the best way forward to take an impression of the Hythe fountain.
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