Cotswold District Council plans sale of Corn Hall

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Cotswold District Council plans sale of Corn Hall

Proposals to sell Cirencester's Corn Hall while protecting the future of community events at the venue were agreed by Cotswold District Council yesterday (April 25).

The Council is planning to sell the building by private treaty to Wildmoor Properties, the owner of the adjacent Kings Head Hotel in the town's Market Place.

The sale is subject to the Council and the developer agreeing on a value for the building and how a range of events, including concerts, craft sales and antique markets, may be continued.

Portfolio holder for Property and Benefits, Cllr Nick Parsons, said: "It has long been an ambition of the Council to enable the refurbishment of this historic building without placing a heavy burden on council tax payers."

"We also want to see continuity of the type of community, cultural and commercial events that currently take place at the Corn Hall."

"This sale by private treaty will deliver an improved facility for the town and meet both these aims."

The Corn Hall, which dates back to the late 19th century, comprises a multi purpose hall, cafeteria, bar and catering facilities, plus three floors formerly used as office space by the Council. It is also home to the Council-run Visitor Information Centre, whose location will be discussed as part of the sale.

Mark Booth, director of Wildmoor Properties said: "We would take our responsibility for the future of the Corn Hall very seriously and will be working closely with officers to ensure the building continues to be cherished as a public amenity. Our plan is to reinstate historic links between the Corn Hall and The Kings Head which will undergo extensive refurbishment to ensure it is preserved as a quality hotel for Cirencester. Sensitive renovation will ensure both buildings are brought back to their former glory."

The Council is planning to carry out consultation with Cirencester Town Council and regular users of the Corn Hall to establish the demand for public events.

It will now appoint valuers and consultants to agree a programme of works to the hall and ultimately a value for the Corn Hall that takes into account the cost of refurbishment.

Posted : 26/04/2006 11:43:20

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