Stamford Town Hall gets £40,000 make-over

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PLANS are being drawn up to give part of Stamford Town Hall a £40,000 makeover.

Stamford Town Council is working on plans to renovate the court room in the town hall in a bid to encourage more people to use the building.

Councillors are hoping to hire out the room for weddings and parties once the improvements have been completed.

The court room is currently used for civic receptions, some public meetings and inquest hearings.

Members are looking at quotes from contractors to install a fire escape, clean three historic tapestries along with decorating the room.

The council has spent more than £150,000 on the town hall restoration which includes adding a new lift and improving the toilets and decorating the building’s ground floor.

Deputy mayor Bob Sandall is hoping to start work on this third phase of the restoration project later this year.

He said: “What we are trying to do is to bring it in line with what we have done downstairs so hopefully in the future so we can hire it out for weddings and encourage more public use.”

The latest phase of the project also includes renovating the kitchen, which is on the ground floor.

Three tapestries, which are inscribed with the names of the town’s mayors and aldermen, are also in need of a clean and the hall requires decoration.

In the previous phases, a lift has been installed so people can easily reach the court room. Parts of the town hall, including the council chamber, have also been repainted, the women’s toilets revamped and the ground floor strengthened.

The council had paid for the first phase after a Lottery application was turned down.