THE cost of refurbishing an empty house in Watlington town centre which a charitable trust is planning to sell could be more than £50,000.
Residents are being given an opportunity to have their say on what should happen to the property, which is next door to the library in High Street.
Both the house and library are owned by the Charlotte Coxe Trust, whose conditions state that assets must be managed for the benefit of the residents of Watlington.
Oxfordshire County Council is responsible for the trust and is required by the Charity Commission to consult with residents of Watlington parish on the proposed sale of the freehold of the house.
A meeting of Watlington Parish Council last week heard there was a number of options for the site and it had to respond to the public consultation by January 30.
The council heard that refurbishing the house would cost £30,000 to £50,000 but Councillor Bob West said: “£50,000 is probably the lower end of the scale.”
Councillor Robert Barber said: “I’m very concerned about selling the freehold because once it has gone, it has gone.”
Chairman Ian Hill said: “We will certainly respond and get as many people in the town to respond just to demonstrate to county that there is interest in this charity.”
If the house was sold some of the money would be available for a capital project within the parish.
Councillors agreed to discuss the issue at their next strategy committee meeting on January 27 and to then formulate a response.
To respond to the consultation, visit https:// consultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk/consult.ti/highstreet watlington/consultationhome