PLANS for a George Orwell museum in Henley are set to fail because the proposed building is not in a suitable condition.
Peter Burness-Smith, of St Mark’s Road, wanted to use the old chapel at Fairmile Cemetery to pay tribute to the author, who lived in Henley and Shiplake as a boy.
In 2011 he agreed a lease with the town council for a peppercorn rent of £1.
Now town clerk Janet Wheeler has said the chapel is no longer suitable.
She told a meeting of the council’s town and community committee: “It is not just a case of doing the repairs, the building has a lot of problems.”
Mrs Wheeler suggested applying to Historic England for a grant.
Councillor Kellie Hinton said that after five years, perhaps it was time to shelve the museum plans.