We need exchange of ideas on hall's reopening

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Sir – At last a tantalising glimpse into the reopening of the Corn Exchange (last week’s Witney Gazette).

Is there now a slight possibility that the people of Witney will be consulted as to what it will be used for?

We still have no idea of what our secretive town council asked for when they applied to the Heritage Lottery fund – for all we know they may have planned a lap-dancing club for our delectation.

Any chance of a public meeting where interested groups could be consulted? If so, could the council please advertise it prominently in the Witney Gazette.

Oh – and could all the members of the council’s public halls committee have the courtesy to attend this time?

Jan Rae, Riverside Gardens, Witney

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9:33am Thu 19 Jun 14

C ARINGAROSA says...

In reply to the above letter, the people of Witney were consulted about the Corn Exchange, the year after it closed,I remember taking part in a survey carried out in the Langdale Hall,when we were asked to chose between two designs that were put forward for consideration. I also seem to remember people in yellow t shirts ,in the market square and under the Town Hall asking people for their ideas for the restored building, as I took part myself.
In reply to the above letter, the people of Witney were consulted about the Corn Exchange, the year after it closed,I remember taking part in a survey carried out in the Langdale Hall,when we were asked to chose between two designs that were put forward for consideration. I also seem to remember people in yellow t shirts ,in the market square and under the Town Hall asking people for their ideas for the restored building, as I took part myself. C ARINGAROSA
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7:14pm Thu 19 Jun 14

windrushview says...

Just heard that Radio Oxford are reporting the application for funding from the Heritage Fund has been refused. I wonder if the Town Council will again ask the people of Witney for ideas and support . lol !
Totally agree with your comments Jan Rae . Its a disgrace the way the Town council are so secretive about all this.
What has happenned to TRANSPARENCY one wonders, a word they were using frequently a couple of years back.
Just heard that Radio Oxford are reporting the application for funding from the Heritage Fund has been refused. I wonder if the Town Council will again ask the people of Witney for ideas and support . lol ! Totally agree with your comments Jan Rae . Its a disgrace the way the Town council are so secretive about all this. What has happenned to TRANSPARENCY one wonders, a word they were using frequently a couple of years back. windrushview
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4:35pm Sat 21 Jun 14

fantasticobella says...

I don't think a lap dancing establishment could, by any stretch of the imagination, be considered a 'heritage project' so I doubt you have to worry about that. Great idea though, maybe I'd get a job there. I think it was a shame that a heritage fund grant wasn't awarded but surely it is right that the council looks everywhere for funds in order to expedite the reopening of the Corn Exchange. I too remember the consultations, the one in Market Square and another one where our group had cut outs of layouts to create a design with.
It actually sounds as though you are happy that the bid failed Windrushview. You are almost dancing with glee there. I for one wish they had succeeded and hope they are successful in attracting or raising the sort of funds they need to get on with opening it up so that the rest of us can enjoy it again, even if you don't want to.
I don't think a lap dancing establishment could, by any stretch of the imagination, be considered a 'heritage project' so I doubt you have to worry about that. Great idea though, maybe I'd get a job there. I think it was a shame that a heritage fund grant wasn't awarded but surely it is right that the council looks everywhere for funds in order to expedite the reopening of the Corn Exchange. I too remember the consultations, the one in Market Square and another one where our group had cut outs of layouts to create a design with. It actually sounds as though you are happy that the bid failed Windrushview. You are almost dancing with glee there. I for one wish they had succeeded and hope they are successful in attracting or raising the sort of funds they need to get on with opening it up so that the rest of us can enjoy it again, even if you don't want to. fantasticobella
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