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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Heritage Lottery Fund rejects Brampton Moot Hall cash bid

A bid to get lottery cash to help fund the restoration of an historic building has failed.

Moot Hall photo
The Moot Hall in Brampton

Brampton parish council applied for the money last year to pay for repair work at the Moot Hall.

Members asked the Heritage Lottery Fund for £75,000 in August and committed to provide £62,254.92 themselves if the bid was successful.

But chairman David Moorat this week revealed the bid had been turned down.

He then told colleagues that they now need to look into other ways to give the building some attention.

Mr Moorat said: “You will know that we have failed in our grant application to the Heritage Lottery Fund. We need to decide as to what plan B should be.”

Several buildings have been on the site of the Moot Hall in Brampton’s history.

The current structure now needs work doing with repairs estimated at about £100,000.

Some of the jobs which were identified included replacing flat roofs, stone and timber work, installing a lightning rod, repairing ceiling plaster, installing new smoke alarms and emergency lighting, bringing the building’s insulation up to modern standards and redecorating inside and outside.

Mr Moorat said the council needed to focus on two particular jobs.

“We should look at having the flat roof replaced and getting masonry repaired,” he said. The flat roof is more than 50 years old and currently does not show any signs of deterioration.

However, Mr Moorat believes it is a only a matter of time before this situation changes.

Much of the masonry, meanwhile, is eroding.

The cost for these two jobs was estimated last year at £18,354 for the roof and £20,000 for the masonry.

Mr Moorat added that a parish council committee which is looking into the Moot Hall issue needs to meet in the next fortnight to discuss repair work and then report back at the group’s full meeting in February. He added that the parish council had received quotes from several local firms which would be able to replace the flat roof.

The other members of the council agreed with Mr Moorat’s comments.

Councillor Gillian Hodgson, the council’s vice chairman, added that the group also needed to look into the future of how the hall was used.

“We have talked about renting out part of the Moot Hall. Are we going to move forward with these proposals and get more people to use it?,” she said.

“We need to discuss that.”

Councillor John Harding, who heads the committee looking into the Moot Hall, said he would organise a meeting to take place next month.

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