Monday, 21 August 2017

Museum plan fails

PLANS for a George Orwell museum in Henley are set to fail because the proposed building

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.



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