Council attempts to bring sad-looking' hall up-to-date

PUBLISHED: 13:45 25 May 2006 | UPDATED: 14:42 12 May 2010

A PLANNING application to improve an entrance at Market Hill Rooms is part of an ambitious plan to rejuvenate the decaying building in Royston. After months of talks, a planning application for improvements to the Royston Town Council building has been su

A PLANNING application to improve an entrance at Market Hill Rooms is part of an ambitious plan to rejuvenate the decaying building in Royston.

After months of talks, a planning application for improvements to the Royston Town Council building has been submitted to North Herts District Council.

The town council wants to "modernise" the sad-looking community hall.

And the cost of the scheme will come from cash acquired from the town council's sale of Stamford Yard several years ago.

The money has been lying in the bank earning interest over recent years and there is now more than £296,000 available.

Under local government rules, however, that cash can only be used for a community project.

The actual cost of refurbishing Market Hill Rooms is yet to be decided, but an architect working for the town council has submitted plans to the district council which will see the creations of a new entrance on the side of the building.

Market Hill Rooms has been used for community activities and as a polling station during the years - and has always been criticised due to a lack of easy access for disabled people.

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