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Time ticking to have say on Ledbury Places project

Malvern Editorial 9th Feb, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

THE TEAM behind a project which aims to secure the long-term future of six of Ledbury’s landmark buildings is reminding residents they have only TWO days left to share their initial views of proposals put forward.

Ledbury Places is a project launched by the Ledbury and district Civic Society which considers the future options for Ledbury’s Market House, the Barrett Building Institute, Town Council offices, the Heritage Centre, the Butchers Row Museum and Burgage Hall.

The consultation stage for the project, which residents can get involved with, closes at 5pm on Tuesday (February 11).

With funding support from Social Investment Business (SIB), the future of the six buildings is being sought through by them being linked together as a group.

As well as securing their futures, the project is also examining ways of the buildings’ long term economic viability by putting them to the best possible use for the community in the future.

During the past six months the Ledbury Places team has carried out a feasibility study to establish how all the buildings can be best used and have come up with a series of recommendations for which the public can consider and express views on.

Among the options for discussion is the possible installation of a sympathetically designed lift system in the Market House building so everyone is able to have access to the first floor.

The possibility of converting the first floor of the Heritage centre or part of the Town Council offices building into holiday letting accommodation is also being looked at.

Having taken on board the thoughts of residents, the project team will put forward a final proposal and submit grant applications to attempt to secure funding to make the project a reality.

Ledbury and District Civic Society chairman Alex Clive said: “The aim of this project is not only to preserve these six beautiful buildings but also to ensure they are put to fuller use in order to safeguard their long term future.

“Therefore input from local people is vital to ensure we have examined all the possible options and I’d like to remind people that we need any feedback by 5pm on Tuesday, February 11 so we have time to take on board and discuss any views that are shared with us.”

To submit views, residents should visit www.ledburycivicsociety.org/ledburyplaces or the project’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ledburyplace or by visiting its Twitter page @LedburyPlaces.

Forms are also available at Ledbury Town Council offices or the town’s library.

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