South Ribble Borough Council are looking for the public’s views about the future used of Worden Hall which is the historic centrepiece of the multiple Green Flag Award winning Worden Park.

Time is running out for people to take part in the consultation which has been running from August 19 until September 9.

Alongside the survey, a series of consultation events will take place in Worden Hall’s Derby Wing where people can find out further information, talk with key staff and share their views.

The next event is on Thursday 5 September between 2-7pm.

Cllr Matthew Tomlinson, Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Assets said, “This is one of the most important consultations the Council will undertake.

“Worden Hall is an iconic building at the centre piece of the much loved Worden Park. The previous administration of the Council commissioned a consultant’s report to look at potential options for bringing the building back into use, but then a made the decision to take the Hall to market before the consultant’s report had been received. Most disappointingly, they took that decision without consulting with the people who matter most, our residents.”

“We think it is only right to firstly get the views from a wide a range of people as possible before we move on to taking any final decision on the potential uses of this building. We care about the future of the Hall as much as you do and we want to do this right.

“It’s important to emphasise that no decisions about Worden Hall have been made. The consultant’s report poses three viable options, and we want to know what you think of them.

“I would encourage everyone to get involved in the consultation and tell us which option you favour so that the Cabinet can take your feedback into account when it meets on 16 October 2019 to consider the public consultation feedback.”

In June 2018 the Council appointed consultants to undertake a feasibility study and options appraisal into the potential future uses of Worden Hall.

The consultant’s report reviewed a number of options for the future use of the Hall, the investment costs of each option and the on-going revenue cost to the Council.

The three viable options are for the Hall to be used for included: community use, a small wedding/events Venue or an exclusive wedding/events venue

People can share their views on the future of Worden Hall by completing an online survey found at www.southribble.gov.uk/wordenhall