Malmesbury Town Hall saved

The shadow that has hung over the Town Hall for several years was lifted when North Wiltshire District Council agreed to sell it to Malmesbury Town Council for £1.

Faced with the need to spend more than £¾ million to make the improvements required to bring the property in line with disabled access legislation, it looked for a time as though it might have to be sold for redevelopment. This would have led to the loss of a much used facility. As well as being the home to the Town Council, the building houses the Athelstan Museum, the Tourist Information Office, and various meeting rooms used by a wide variety of organisations including a playgroup and a dancing school.

However a task force made up of various interested parties within the town and headed by the mayor, Councillor Jacky Martin, drew up a business plan for developing the use of the building. A low interest loan has been promised by the Public Works Loans Board, and the Minton Group, who are redeveloping the former Lucent Technologies site in Cowgrove, have promised £150,000.

The mayor expressed her delight at the decision, but emphasised that there is still a lot of hard work ahead to put into place their plans.

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