Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Council nears decision on High Street building

THE future of a building in Watlington town centre left unoccupied for 28 years is set to

THE future of a building in Watlington town centre left unoccupied for 28 years is set to be resolved.

The parish council is considering transferring the Charlotte Coxe Trust, which owns 33 High Street, to the council or another body within the town.

Oxfordshire County Council is currently responsible for the trust.

The property and number 35, which is occupied by the town’s library, were left in 1949 as a legacy by Charlotte Coxe for the benefit of the people of Watlington but number 33 needs significant work to make it habitable. A meeting of the full council on Tuesday agreed that an advisory board, consisting of parish councillors, Watlington’s county councillor Steve Harrod and representatives of the county legal section should meet as soon as possible to discuss the implications of transferring the trust.

After the views expressed at the annual parish meeting last week the building could be refurbished so it is suitable for short-term residential letting.



Council chairman Ian Hill said there was £80,000 available in the trust to carry out the work but he wanted to get costs for the project.

“We can’t commit to it until we can be sure we can afford it,” he added.

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