THE scheme to give Whitchurch Civic Centre a much-needed revamp has cleared its final hurdle.
Shropshire Council’s Cabinet approved a £264,000 grant from the Market Towns Revitalisation Programme (MTRP) towards the refurbishment project last week.
Whitchurch Mayor Cllr Peggy Mullock said she was delighted at the news.
She said: “I am so pleased we have been awarded this money, it will benefit the whole of the High Street and it is what people said they wanted in the Whitchurch Town Pln.
“We want to see a quality, multi-use community facility fit for the 21st century.”
A £1.68m project has been drawn up to enhance the Civic, and the £264,000 of MTRP funding will go towards the first phase of improvements.
The Civic Centre refurbishment has been identified as a key project within the MTRP in Shropshire.
The work will involve improvements to the façade, internal alterations to create a more welcoming foyer, internal decoration to the main hall and market hall, together with upgrading and replacing parts of the heating, lighting and ventilation systems.
Work is due to be carried out in a number of phases, with the first starting this autumn. Whitchurch town council has already allocated £100,000 towards the project, in what is a partnership approach with the building’s owners, Shropshire Council, to revitalise the building.
Various funding options will be explored to find the remaining funds needed to complete more stages of the project.
A spokesperson for Shropshire Council said: “We will working with the town council and others to work up detailed designs this summer and autumn. “There will be a project meeting this Friday to discuss the planning of the scheme, which will include the timetable of work to be done.”
The Market Towns Revitalisation Programme aims to safeguard the long term sustainability of Shropshire’s market towns.