Ok, Ok, seeing as my name keeps being mentioned and this topic has some new invigorated energy I will admit that this comment was actually a red herring back at the time.
You lot are off your tits!
It must take someone deluded to pursue the "Farmers Field Myth"
Palitoy used two main landfills, Coalville that they literally filled full of plastic and cardboard from the packaging factory and Lount tip which is half a mile from the Finished Goods warehouse where they would dispose of end of line products.
Lount tip is where people would scale the fence and help themselves to perfectly good packaged toys just sitting there on the waste pile. However the old Lount Landfill site now has the M42 built across it, where the road has slightly sunk. The current Lount location is simply a recycling centre as all tips are in this day and age.
The only hole that I have discovered that was dug and filled is in Mountsorrel, this was dug and filled with Mainline trains. The Tax inspectors witnessed them being dumped in and then crushed by a digger before being in filled for write off purposes.
The information is true, the disposal locations, Mainland Trains being disposed of at Mountsorrel.
There is some debate over the Lount location imo.
There is the current Lount refuse location, no doubt about that. However, during my research I was under the understanding that the landfill that Palitoy used for the disposal of the goods was near to the location of where the M42 is now built. This information came to me from several Former Palitoy sources. Bob Brechin also stated that it was at the location of the Moto service station during an interview back in 2015, I believe that it was published in the Leicester Mercury and possibly the Daily Mail back at the time. Spoons (Andrew) and I had a brief hat about this comment at the time and he told me that Bob had said that location for a bit of fun and a red herring.
The M42 area has been mentioned several times from people with the knowledge back in the day, so was Bobs comment to Spoons a red herring itself as mine where above?
The Demontfot University in Leicester had been conducting some research with Palitoy back in 2016 and had been liaising with Bob. I am unsure the whole content of the research but I was aware that they were keeping a former Palitoy employee log and they also had planned to try and do a Time Team style excavation. Maybe that is why Bob made the comment to Spoons, I can only speculate.
The relevance of all of this is due to there being numerous areas of interest which I will add to shortly.
Palitoy is known to be from Coalville as every carded figure, shipping label and so on tells you.
This is true in terms of where the items were in the main packaged. However the factory in Coalville was a production machine with large deliveries daily from the Far East and from UK suppliers such as Aldridge Plastics etc.
It came in one end, got assembled and went out the other end in phenomenal quantities.
It was then stored until the orders came in for picking and distribution but this was not at Coalville.
Palitoy had multiple warehouses in Leicestershire which included the two images below and they also used warehouses at the Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome.
The majority of the toys during the era of the topic in question went to Ashby due to it's 5 Million cubic foot capacity which was large enough for 15,500 pallets of stock to be stored.
As big as the warehouse may be, Palitoy would manage their stock like any company with slick practices and they would write off old stock and dump them, which was at the nearest location hence Lount having being utilised.
The stock produced on a daily basis would enter the six large loading doors at the rear. Items such as Speeder Bikes and Mini Rigs may also have come from the Far East directly, at this point in time that is just speculation until I have some firm accounts of this being correct.
It then was stored in the 42 foot high racking before being picked as orders came in.
You can see the scale of the warehouse in the following images.
At the time of the build Palitoy stated the following regards the warehouse.
To our knowledge the warehouse is the largest narrow aisle racking installation in the U.K. using ‘Maestro’ free aisle trucks. The feasibility of this system has been justified by the greatly reduced unit cost of the storage cube. Working from a 5 ft aisle, immediate access is available to any one of 13,500 pallet loads stored in the 80,000 sq.ft. high-rise section of the warehouse. Each of the pallet loads is 4 ft. square and 5 ft. high and contains an average of 30 cartons of goods.
This image is of the service bay for the Maestro aisle trucks.
Then once the orders came in they were picked and entered the distribution section for labelling up and shipping.
The distribution area had eight loading bays.
This was also were all of the Coalville addressed shipping labels were applied to the trade cartons.
A long time established collecting friend who lived in Leicester in the following years of the closure told me a couple of things.
He either knew someone or came across someone who used to work at the distribution warehouse. He was told that at the demise of Star Wars line that lorry loads would be filled and then tipped at Lount. This he confirms happened as his brother apparently worked at the tip and confirmed it happening the other end.
The relevance of all of this is that I am in no doubt that Palitoy dumped overage stock at Lount, this myth is not one that needs to be proven as it is true.
The location of the site is a different matter. Was it always where it currently is or was it previously at a different location?
Which leads me to another topic of the Farmers Field myth.