In September, the Town Council unveiled the Town Hall façade after the works that have been carried out since the scaffolding went up on Monday 15th May 2017. The Town Council will then be looking forward to refurbishing the kitchen in the Corn Exchange using developer contributions, subject to Listed Building Consent being approved by North Dorset District Council.
The current plan for the Corn Exchange regeneration cannot be continued because of a combination of rising costs in an era of sustained austerity and the uncertainty of acquiring external funding, notably from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
In addition, there have been difficulties in securing the necessary permissions and licenses, required by HLF before the release of funds. Without the certainty of this external funding the plan for the regeneration, radical and bold in its inception and scope, cannot be fulfilled.
The Town Council is the custodian of the Corn Exchange for the people of Blandford Forum. The Councillors and officers are mindful of the need to undertake repairs and restoration of this beautiful building, as required and in accordance with Listed Building Consent, so that it remains our principal venue and a legacy we can pass on to future generations.
Essential works to the Town Hall façade started on Monday 15th May 2017.
Various repairs and restoration works have been carried out to the roof and features of the Grade I listed Town Hall in Blandford Forum. The works will be finished once the lanterns have been returned and the flagstones have been repaired/replaced.
Last modified: November 3, 2017