The reason for the move is that the future of Doel is uncertain. The town, already largely abandoned, is scheduled to disappear under a plan to expand the left bank of the Port of Antwerp. That has been resisted
by a group of residents and activists, and a court recently ordered a stop to the demolition of empty houses. The organisers of the petition, calling themselves the Committee for the Protection of the British Monument, last week called on heritage minister Geert Bourgeois to issue a protection order for the monument.