Corn Hall market operators meet with Cotswold

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Corn Hall market operators meet with Cotswold

Craft and antiques market operators have met with Cotswold District Council and developer Wildmoor to discuss their continued use of Cirencester's Corn Hall.

The Council is planning to sell the building, in the town's Market Place, to Wildmoor, who own the adjacent Kings Head hotel.

The sale is subject to the Council and the developer agreeing on a value for the building and how a range of events, including craft and antique markets, will continue.

Officers of the Council informed the operators of the three main markets of the proposed sale before it was made public and have now met with them and facilitated a meeting between them and representatives of Wildmoor.

CDC Chief Executive Bob Austin said: “The meetings were very positive and we are hopeful that the current operators will continue to provide the popular markets.

“We have made it clear from the outset that the aim of the sale is to refurbish the hall without placing a heavy burden on council tax payers while ensuring a range of community events continues through agreement with the developers.”

CDC plans to attach a covenant to the building, which would see community use continue regardless of who owns the Corn Hall in the future.

The Council sent out 1,200 questionnaires asking users of the building what type of events they would continue to support. Around 25 per cent of the forms have been returned and are being analysed.

Valuers and consultants will now agree a programme of works to the building and ultimately a value for the Corn Hall that takes into account the cost of refurbishment.

Posted : 30/05/2006 17:38:13

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