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Ledbury Town Council to cover wedding service
10:08am Monday 26th August 2013 in News
LEDBURY people thinking of tying the knot at the town council offices may have only one more year left to do so.
Herefordshire Council has told the town council that it will no longer rent the town council’s panelled room for marriages after the end of this month.
But Ledbury Town Council has come to the rescue by deciding to take the approved premises licence on for one year, with a review after six months.
Some town councillors are worried that, to make weddings pay, or even break even, the cost to the public would have to be relatively high.
Coun Clive Jupp said that initial town council estimates of charges did not take into consideration the loss of income from Herefordshire Council, which currently pays for the use of the room.
He said: “The proposal is we do it for a trial period, but there will be a cost.
“The figure of £240 a wedding to break even has been given, but that figure ignores the income that we are about to lose from Herefordshire Council.”
Coun Jupp suggested that a more realistic figure for a pannelled room marriage should be £650.
Coun Allen Conway pointed out that some local hotels with an approved premises licence were charging £800.
And Coun Tony Bradford said: “I still feel that, if people want to get married in Ledbury, then £650 is a reasonable amount.
However, town councillors heard that Herefordshire Council is only charging £150 for each wedding at its Hereford premises.
Coun Bob Barnes said: “Despite Coun Jupp’s figures, I believe we could make a profit on £150 for each wedding.
“And this is not just about getting married in Ledbury, it supports a whole range of industries in Ledbury, from wedding cars to flowers.
“We could lose all that business from Ledbury.”
Coun Liz Harvey said: “We should set a rate that, with absolutely clarity, means we are not making a loss.”
Councillors voted to take on the licence and review the situation after six months.
The cost of getting married at the town council office, after the end of August, is still to be finalised by the town council.
The same registrar will carry out the marriages in the panelled room, although she will be based in the Master’s House when renovation work is completed next year.
Town clerk Karen Mitchell said: “If Herefordshire Council then offers marriages at the Master’s House, the town council would then have to decide if it wishes to continue a service in the pannelled room.”
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