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Downham Town Hall given a lift

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A revamp of Downham’s town hall, which civic leaders say will make the venue fully accessible to all its visitors, has been unveiled.

More than £70,000 has been spent on the restoration project, which was unveiled in a ceremony last Friday, with most of the cash going on a new lift.

Officials say the lift is vital to enable the whole of the building, particularly the upstairs assembly room, to be used by residents.

The town’s mayor, David Sharman, said: “People could never access it. We could never let it out for functions including disabled people.

“We have got the lift done now so away we go.”

A total of £73,000 has been spent on the redevelopment, with just over half coming from a grant by the Norfolk Community Fund.

The remainder of the money was invested by the town council.

The authority is now turning its attention to revamping individual rooms inside the town hall, including the Assembly Room and the Bar Room, which Mr Sharman estimated could cost around £10,000 each to redevelop.

It is hoped the Assembly Room could become a conference and wedding venue if the redevelopment goes ahead.

A meeting on the subject was held on Wednesday night and Mr Sharman said he hoped the council would be able to make progress with the project during next year.

He said the authority had a maintenance budget that could go towards future works.

 

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