The missing keys to an abandoned nuclear bunker have been found – thanks to the electricity meter man.
The Llandaff Society’s vice president Pauline Grainger spotted him getting into the building and quizzed the Swalec engineer about who he called for access.
The man from the electricity board claimed he got them from Cardiff council official Gerry Devine.
Llandaff Society chairman Geoff Barton Greenwood said: “It is with one of the council officers in the estates department.
“They have the keys and are prepared to let me in. All the time we have been running up against buffers with the council, and the estates department, which has been there all the time, has been holding the responsibility.
“Electricity meter readers have been going into the property and they either have keys of their own or had been given the keys.”
He was “extremely pleased” they had been discovered.
“I’m amazed it has taken such a long time,” he said.
“But the fact is that we have reached this point, and to have this cooperation from the estates department to see what is in there is fantastic.”
The society hopes the building will be a treasure trove of Cold War relics.
Geoff said: “I’m led to believe it is the time capsule we are looking for.”
Cardiff council culture chief Nigel Howells said: “I’m happy to talk, now we know we can get in, to the Llandaff Society, to see what the condition is like in there and see what options there are for it.
“It’s difficult in this financial climate but there may be ways forward.”
The Society hopes to turn the windowless Vaughan Avenue building, reminiscent of a giant garage, into a museum.
“We’ll look to see what we can do to put it back into use,” said Coun Howells.
“Obviously not as a nuclear bunker. I’ve no idea what it will be like in there. I’m as intrigued as everyone. I suspect it’s empty and derelict. But who knows what treasures lie in there?”
A council spokeswoman said the building had to be made safe before it could be accessed by the public.
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