BRT users, a change is coming to this site. I've been in contact with Bradford U. Officials and they are unable to tell us the nature of these changes. That leaves us with a numerous possible futures for BRT. If the problem is financial, it makes sense to refuse payment so as not to obligate BRT to any specific term of operation.
The real estate in Tenerife may be of interest to parties with more resources to upgrade and even privatize the sight. I can find nothing about the current lease terms. Perhaps the operation could be transferred to a University with an more active Astronomy program.
My emails to the Chancellors office have only offered replies indicating that the subject cannot be discussed at this time. There are some hints that BU would like to see that the facility is open to users like us. My experience tells me that they are hopeful but don't really have a clue. I believe the changes are well underway and fairly well defined. Anyone with additional valid information should post it here.
If you know and don't want to be sourced, you can email Mick-at-pobox.com. I will report what you send and keep it anonymous, will remove any possible identifying information when posting.
In reality the users are BRT. I've seen no fundraising, no rallying of support, no threat of invading Spain, zip, zero, nada.
Kudos to the operations team. We love you.
Comments are most welcome.