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Community offer accepted for Warminster's Old Town Hall
Warminster Preservation Trust has had an offer to purchase the Old Town Hall accepted by the building’s current owner.
After a long period of negotiation, the trustees agreed a fee with owner Peter Caldwell in a meeting of the preservation trust last Wednesday.
The trust was able to make the new offer after a private benefactor left money in a will to buy and refurbish the Grade- II listed building.
The building has had a chequered history in recent years, with Mr Caldwell buying the town hall in July 2011 for £155,000, before the preservation trust attempted to register it as an asset of community value with Wiltshire Council.
Trustee Chris March said: “While there are still some formalities to be decided, we feel that after 35 years or more, this iconic and wonderful old building will be in the hands of the community once more.
“We still have money left over after the deal has been struck which can be put towards refurbishment costs.
“The fact that the building is in our control should make it easier to get funding from bodies such as the Heritage Lott-ery and Architecture Heritage Fund. We intend to redouble our efforts on both fronts.”
The trust said Mr Caldwell is happy for the town hall to be open to the public on Septem-ber 14 and 15 for the heritage open days, even if the purchase has not been finalised.
Elizabeth Collins, chairman of the preservation trust, said: “After a number of false starts, it looks like our efforts have finally been rewarded.”
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