Plans for Bedford Hall

Bedford Hall

A number of meetings have taken place between Thorney Parish Council, the Management Committee of the Bedford Hall and Peterborough City Council.

At the October meeting of the Parish Council senior officers of Peterborough City Council laid out their plans for passing the running of the whole of the Bedford Hall complex over to the Parish Council and the Management Committee.

All monies raised by the sale of the library and the old social centre in Church Street would be spent in Thorney, paying for converting the empty part of the Bedford Hall into a library and possibly moving the Post Office into better accommodation (subject to Post Office Counters consent).

Both the Parish Council and the Management Committee have been pressing for a full survey to be undertaken of the whole of the Bedford Hall complex, including the Museum, and especially the basement. The City Council has now agreed to fund this survey.  If a decision to take over the whole of the complex by Thorney is made then all the maintenance cost would be the responsibility of the new trustees.

After a great deal of lobbying by our three City Councillors, and the Parish Council, Peterborough City Council has now agreed to carry out emergency repairs to make the Tower watertight.

Parish Council Chairman, John Bartlett said: “Discussions are currently ongoing with the City Council, so I will keep you updated as to how matters are progressing.”

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