The Shire Hall Consultation Report is released

Results of consultation on The Shire Hall revealed.

The results of a consultation on the future of The Shire Hall in Woodbridge have been revealed.

The four-week-long consultation, organised by Woodbridge Town Council, saw townsfolk and visitors asked for their views on three options on the Grade I-listed building’s future in June. 

Options outlined by the Town Council were to restore, renovate or sell the building as a result of a building condition and required repair assessment undertaken before the pandemic. 

More than 900 responses were received throughout the month, with the majority (68%) stating a preference for the renovation of the building.

This option covered structural and non-structural fabric repairs made to the exterior and interior of both floors, alongside the installation of a lift – allowing for the first floor to be opened for community use. 

Eamonn O’Nolan, Chair and Mayor of Woodbridge, said: “It has been interesting to see the number of responses received in the consultation on the future of The Shire Hall, with respondents for each of the three options speaking passionately about their decision.

“The Shire Hall is a prominent feature of our town – understanding the view of the public before we make any further decisions has been an important exercise. 

“We appreciate this will have been a very hard decision for many to make – especially considering today’s economic climate – and are thankful for the impassioned arguments we received on all sides of the debate.”

More than 250 people (27.7%) opted for the restoration of the building, which included its exterior and ground floor interior repaired.

A total of 39 people (4.3%) opted in favour of selling the building. 

The Town Council has since met to discuss the logistics and timeframe of any works, which will be outlined to the public at a later date.

A full copy of the post-consultation report can be downloaded here

 

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