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Battle Town Council

Almonry refurbishment plan

By Carol Harris Battle Town Council

Monday, 14 January 2019

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Plan to renovate Battle Town Hall

At their December meeting, Battle Town Council discussed the state of the Almonry building, which is in need of major repair. The repairs, together with a plan for refurbishment and redevelopment, have been integral to the Finance & General Purposes Committee’s Action Plan since 2015. Planning approval has been obtained to extend the Almonry by reinstating the original wing over the courtyard and reconfiguring the internal space; returning the main area to an open hall.  This will enable the town’s very valuable asset, The Almonry, to be open for the residents of Battle.

Following a wide-ranging community consultation, an application had been made to the Heritage Lottery Fund to fund the works to enable the creation of a Heritage Education and Tourist Information Centre within the Almonry. Unfortunately the application was unsuccessful, so the cost of the necessary repairs, plus the improvements to enable full accessibility and increased use of the beautiful medieval building, needs to be funded from another source. The Finance & General Purposes Committee recommended that an application be made to the Public Works Loan Board for £600,000 to carry out the work in line with the planning approval. Members agreed the recommendation by a majority and now invite public comment prior to making the application to the PWLB.

The repayment of the loan for the Almonry project will require an additional £21,000 to be included within next year’s budget.  The impact on the average property (Band D) will be 15p per week, £7.72 per year.  The Council will continue to seek grant funding towards this scheme and to develop a Heritage Education Centre within the refurbished building.

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The Almonry, High Street, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0EA

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