Lift the Town Hall into the 21st Century


 

                                 Illustration by Stephen Hart 

 

The Town Trust has obtained permission from both the local planning authority and English Heritage to install a lift inside the Town Hall. 

 

                           Illustration by Douglas Gunn. 

 

 A lift is essential to ensure that the Hall is a building that local people can use and share.  Better access will open up this iconic building to wider use rather than it remain an ancient monument.  If more organisations and individuals can use the pleasantly-proportioned upstairs hall, it provides an ideal venue for their activities as well as generating an income for the maintenance of the building.  For example, once there is disabled access Dursley Town Council can use the Town Hall for meetings and so return to this body's traditional meeting place. 

 

 

As well as the lift there will be, in the Market Square, a glass vestibule and WC for disabled users.

The installation of a lift will cost £140,000 and a programme of fundraising has been launched, including applying for grant aid.

If you wish to contribute towards the cost of the lift, please contact the Trust.

 

Progress towards the Fundraising Target

Up to the end of 2017, the Fund had attracted moneys and pledges amounting to £66k.  Some pledges were time-limited and expired while we were seeking other sources to meet the full amount for the project.  Contributors included:

Cotswold Conservation Board

Sylvia Waddilove Foundation

Concertina Charitable Trust

The current plan is more modest, to build the vestibule as an initial phase and to seek financial support for this alone.

We thank the following contributors to the Lift Fund:

Barry Walker Ltd                     Elmgrant

Waitrose                                 Co-op

Renishaw                                Mrs BD Seabrook

Gerry Pierce                            Pat Sirett

Valerie Moores                       Mike Doughty

Nick Smith                              John Childs

Tony Bird                                Brian Bolsher

Steve Hart                                    Lyn James