Last chance to air views on Bridgford Hall's future
WEST Bridgford residents have just days left to have their say over the future of one of the town's most historic buildings.
Grade II-listed Bridgford Hall, in Bridgford Park, has been used as a register office for many years, and has played host to hundreds of weddings.
As previously reported Rushcliffe Borough Council, which owns the building, plans to offer prospective tenants a 125-year lease on the building.
The council has suggested it could be used as a restaurant or hotel, but is considering different uses and wants views by Sunday .
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For the time being the Hall will still be used for wedding ceremonies, but from spring registration of births and deaths will take place at the new library.
Yvette Oldham, who has lived in Compton Acres for 27 years and visits the centre of West Bridgford every day, hoped the new tenant would retain the wedding venue aspect of the building.
She said: "It's such a beautiful place to get married and I think it would be a shame if that was lost.
"There used to be a prefab building in Bridgford where people would get married and it wasn't half as nice as Bridgford Hall. So I definitely think the classy venue for a wedding should be a factor in the new tenancy."
She added: "A small hotel would be a good idea. I don't want to see it used as a pub or flats because that would lower the tone."
Penny Poyzer, 52, of Patrick Road, got married at Bridgford Hall. She said a hotel would be a preferable use .
Mrs Poyzer said: "We have wonderful memories of getting married there.
"It is just beautiful with the views over the park and we've got some gorgeous pictures.
"It would be nice to see the park incorporated a bit more in the use of the building. It's one of the most iconic buildings in West Bridgford and everyone knows it, so a little hotel would be nice. There isn't a hotel in the centre of the town at the moment.
"I think this represents a great opportunity to turn the building into something useful but I'd like it to be eco-friendly and maintain the wedding venue status."
The council is also seeking leaseholders for the adjacent Park Lodge – a two-storey, three-bedroomed house on the edge of the park, near the bustling town centre.
Prospective tenants must express an interest in the building by February 22 by contacting Lauren Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0115 9148219. It is hoped the lease can be finalised in the summer.
Residents can express their views on the future use of the building at www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/bridgfordhall where more information can be found on the building.