Hitchin Town Hall’s Uncertain Future
By Robyn_Heard | Monday, November 08, 2010, 18:15
Both Hitchin Initiative and North Herts District Council
Hitchin Town Hall
have put forward proposals for the future of Hitchin Town Hall but no decision
has yet been made.
There has been much uncertainty surrounding the future use, including
the outcome of the Listing application which was submitted to English Heritage
in November 2009. Following the application,
English Heritage concluded on the 14th October 2010 that the Hall had
been listed as Grade II, acknowledging the building as “nationally important
and of special interest”.
After the Listing the council undertook an assessment to establish
if the proposals were still possible in light of the decision; finding that both
are still viable, but noting that there is a “higher degree of financial risk
is associated with the Hitchin Initiative”.
The report also notes that there are considerable risks associated with
both proposals and securing funds in light of wider spending cut backs.
The plans set out by North Herts District Council are for a ‘gym
retained’ scheme which it estimates would cost £3.44 million. While Hitchin Initiative’s ‘hall retained’ scheme
would cost an estimated £4.23 million.
Hitchin Initiative hope to secure the extra £790 thousand from a grant,
the application for which has been submitted but no decision has yet been
The council is meeting this week to discuss both proposals further.
What are your thoughts on the recent Listing decision and of
the proposals for the future use of the Town Hall?