Final touches are being put to a £3 million plan to transform Lynn Town Hall and Saturday Market Place and secure funding for it.
West Norfolk Council’s cabinet is recommended to push ahead with a Heritage Lottery Fund grant application for the lion’s share of the scheme, when it meets on Wednesday. The application deadline is Monday, February 10.
The plan will see a one-way traffic flow system introduced in Saturday Market Place and give both it and the town hall a facelift. The Saturday Market Place element is expected to cost £500,000.
The town hall part of the plan includes improving the area where the archives are stored. It had originally been hoped they could be an unused ground floor undercroft. That area has now been deemed structurally unsuitable for the archive but could be used as a resource area providing public access to digital documents.
It will also include the creation of a “Stories of Lynn” exhibition, attempting to bring to life stories of the people whose lives are reflected in the archive.
A four-year plan of activities to promote use of the town hall is built into the plan, including a learning and engagement officer post.
The Heritage Lottery Fund application, for £1,850,600 – 63 per cent of the total cost should be decided by June 2014.
If funding is agreed the town hall works could begin by March next year and be complete in early 2016.