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Help Shape Future of Historic Landmark

Residents are being asked for their thoughts about potential new uses for an historic landmark in Newcastle town centre.

The Council has today launched a four-week online consultation to gather suggestions now that services have relocated from the Guildhall to Castle House.

Questions include possible community uses based on the types of organisations that are interested in providing their services from the Guildhall and whether activities should be provided for specific age groups. People are being asked for their fond memories of the Guildhall and can add further comments.

Council Leader Simon Tagg has met with Newcastle Business Improvement District, Support Staffordshire, The Friends of the Guildhall, The Philip Astley Project, Business Enterprise Support and Keele University Students’ Union since December last year to discuss plans for them to take over the running of the iconic, Grade II listed building. The talks are still at an early stage but possible funding opportunities are being identified and work is underway to facilitate interim use of the facility.

The Guildhall, which dates back to 1713, had fallen into disrepair at one stage. The Council took back the lease to prevent further decline and opened it as a customer service centre in December 2008 following an extensive refurbishment programme.

Council Leader Simon Tagg said: “The Guildhall is a beautiful and much-loved public asset. It is owned and maintained by the Council so I am very keen to find new and practical uses for it now that the Council’s customer services staff have moved out. Leaving it to become redundant is simply not an option under any circumstances. Our discussions with various organisations are developing well but nothing has been formally agreed yet. This magnificent building holds a special place in residents’ hearts and I want them to have a say in its future.”

The consultation is available at until 28 September.

Last updated 31 August 2018