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Cash nod over work on historic building
9:50pm Friday 1st November 2013 in News
WORK will continue on restoring the historic building the Master's House, with Herefordshire Council approving a £600,000 budget rise rather than deciding to pull the plug.
The cash-strapped authority had to make the decision in recent weeks of finding more money to complete it or pulling out, a move that could have left Ledbury in need of a new library building.
Now the final costs of restoring the 15th century mediaeval building will be in excess of £4 million. The initial project cost was £3.5 million.
A Herefordshire Council spokeswoman said: “It has all been signed off and the project is going ahead as planned.”
Council officer, Andy Tector, the authority’s head of special projects, produced a report for the consideration of the council’s cabinet member for Enterprise and Culture Roger Phillips who had to make his final decision by the close of October.
But the report made it clear that stopping the restoration at this late stage would be just as expensive as simply carrying on, because some grant funding would be stopped.
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