THE Allendale Dalek, whose story has reached the other side of the world, will have its fate decided next week.

The Dalek, housed in a shed outside Neil Cole’s sci-fi museum in Allendale, has been under attack since a parish councillor complained about it to the county council.

The shed was built without planning permission outside Neil’s house and he was originally told by county planners to remove it by Tuesday, February 5.

But a meeting of Allendale Parish Council last week heard from county councillor for South Tynedale, Coun. Colin Horncastle, that enforcement action had been put on hold until Neil and his wife Lisa had met with the county council’s head of planning, along with a conservation officer, next Monday.

The parish council meeting was attended by Neil and Lisa, along with some members of the public in support of a campaign started to save the Dalek.

The news that Neil could be forced to remove the Dalek led to a petition, as well as letters of support from across the world.

Several Daleks started appearing around the local area, including one in the village’s Golden Lion pub and one on a roadside in neighbouring Catton – and even one in Australia in support of the museum. And a Dalek also featured in this year’s Allendale panto.

Coun. Horncastle said: “I have had more emails and correspondence about this one issue then I have had on any other issue – double the number I have had on the possible closure of 16 schools.”

He said the outside of the house had been a “dumping ground” a few years ago and praised the work Neil and Lisa had put into it.

“I have seen what they have done at their own expense to that listed building that the county council seem to care so much about,” he added.

Parish councillors pointed out at the meeting that the majority of councillors had been in support of what Neil was doing with the museum.

Allendale Parish Council chairman, David Crellin, said: “All we did was take a complaint and pass it on to the right department in the county council.”

Neil thanked the public for their “heartwarming” support with the campaign at the meeting, adding: “I realise it has caused a storm, it’s the last thing I intended.”

He also said the museum was benefiting the wider area.

“It’s a positive thing, bringing people into the village who have never come to the village before and seeing the area for the first time – and as the museum develops they can see it again,” he said.