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Corn Exchange in the News
Quotes, comments & news reports concerning the closure of Witney Corn Exchange
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Page last updated: February 19th 2012
Page first published: February 19th 2012
The Fate of Witney Corn Exchange?
In November 2011, the iconic and well loved Witney Corn Exchange was 'closed with immediate effect'.
We are seeing living history in action here. The fate of this Grade II listed building (see British Listed Buildings) is unknown, but from the council
website, the 'top news' is that the Public Consultation is 'well underway'. It is not clear from the web page when this was published:
November 10th 2011
The Corn Exchange in Witney town centre has been forced to closed,
after falling into a state of disrepair.
The town council decided temporary closure was the only option for the grade
II listed building at a meeting held on Monday. The decision was prompted by
the latest building inspection report, which was received last week.
The report highlighted imminent issues with the ventilation and heating
systems, which would require a significant amount of public money to fix.
Councillor Harry Eaglestone, Witney town mayor, said: “It’s very sad that as a
council we have had to come to this decision.
The Annual Town Meeting takes place on Wednesday 14th March in Langdale Hall at 7.30pm.
The Annual Town Meeting is an opportunity for Witney residents to express their views and ask questions about issues in the town.
Image from Oxfordshire Guardian
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November 10th 2011
The Grade II listed Corn Exchange in Market Square, Witney, has been
closed with immediate effect.
Witney Town Council made the decision because the hall’s heating and
ventilation system is due to fail “imminently”.
The council is moving upcoming events to alternative premises, including
Langdale Hall in Langdale Gate.
It is not yet known how long the hall will be closed for.
November 11th 2011
A public hall in West Oxfordshire has been closed because the heating and
ventilation is close to breaking down.
Inspectors said the Grade II Witney Corn Exchange will be shut for the
foreseeable future "due to the imminent failure" of the system.
"It's time to start looking at something other than short term fixes and that's
what we need to do now," mayor Harry Eaglestone said.
The Corn Exchange was built in 1863 and last refurbished in 1978.
"While we are acutely aware of the historic significance of the Corn Exchange
and the importance of its place in the heart of Witney, in its current state it's
a bit like an old car," the mayor continued.
"Once one thing goes wrong and is fixed you are immediately faced with the
next problem and so it goes on.
"It will take some time to give careful consideration to all of the options before
any decisions are made and before any further money is spent."
Witney Town Council said it has listened to the feedback of the hall's
users and will incorporate them in plans for "a modern, purpose built
town centre venue".