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Funding bid for St George’s Guildhall in King’s Lynn has been rejected by Heritage Lottery Fund

PUBLISHED: 13:43 27 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:27 27 March 2017

The Guildhall of St George. Picture: MATTHEW USHER

The Guildhall of St George. Picture: MATTHEW USHER

© ARCHANT NORFOLK 2016

A £2.7m bid to upgrade St George’s Guildhall in King’s Lynn has been rejected by the Heritage Lottery Fund after they said they will not be supporting the project.

Ambitious plans to refurbish the 15th century building on King’s Street, including the installation of a new lift, works to the roof, improvements to the galleries and altered uses for other buildings on the site, have been put on hold following a decision by the HLF at its national grant meeting.

Councillor Elizabeth Nockolds, deputy leader and cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, said “We are obviously disappointed that our bid on this occasion was not successful.

“We have had excellent support from the HLF at a regional level in the past for The Walks, Greyfriars Tower, Stories of Lynn and most recently the South Gate.

“We understand from our Grants Officer at the HLF that demand was incredibly high for this round of funding, and the competition at this national level is very intense.

“The national scheme includes buildings projects but also covers landscapes, industrial, maritime and transport schemes. Only a small number of schemes that applied for funding were successful.

“We have received some very useful and constructive feedback on the proposal we submitted, which we will now consider in detail, before deciding what we do next.

“We have had tremendous support from users and organisations in King’s Lynn for this project and I am disappointed for them too.

“We will now work with our partners to identify how to move forward.” She added.

West Norfolk council officials put forward the bid to the HLF late last year. A further £500,000 bid has been submitted to the Arts Council, to refurbish the interior.

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