A town council which is looking to move offices is set to launch a study into a new site – which was the subject of a planning row earlier this year.

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Wymondham Town Council is proposing to commission a feasibility study to investigate building offices on Kings Head Meadow.

The land was at the centre of a dispute when the council considered selling the land for an Asda supermarket earlier this year. Campaigners fought to preserve the site which is home to Wymondham Town Football Club.

The town council offices have been based in a grade II listed building, which is owned by South Norfolk council, on Middleton Street since 1974.

Clerk Trevor Gurney said: “The current council offices were first built to be a private residence, but the reality is that it is not fit for purpose any more.” Mr Gurney said the council had been looking to move for around 10 years.

“There isn’t anywhere else to go to,” he added. “The town is full of old buildings and if we were to use one, it would need a considerable amount of adaptation. For a number of years the town council has tried to find an alternative option.”

The proposed study will look at planning permission, office requirements, design and indicative costs. These would then be compared with the current premises.

The council is proposing a budget of £6,000 to cover the cost of the study.

The motion is proposed by councillor Colin Foulger and is seconded by councillor Michael Gibbins and will be discussed at a full council meeting on Tuesday, August 7.

13 comments

  • It was my understanding that Councillor Taylor was heading up a review of the future of Kings Head Meadow for the people of Wymondham. Is this part of it, or is Gurney off doing his own thing again? Surely there must be other alternatives within the town centre, we could certainly do with one less charity shop or estate agent!

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    Milky Bar Kid

    Friday, August 3, 2012

  • Strange they did not have the money for a proper investigation about what happened and who was responsible with regards to the planned sale of the KHM, but do have 6000 pounds to spend on a feasibility study even before the results of the review on the future of the KHM are known. They are now not only ignoring their electorate (again) but also their own councillors.

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    margit

    Friday, August 3, 2012

  • This cannot happen as a previous motion put all decisions on hold for KHM until full report which has not happened and also there are new offices at gateway 11 and the od social services building which is not a listed building. and also only £2000 given for a KHM review but £6000 for a study into laying concrete.

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    student2009

    Friday, August 3, 2012

  • What confidence can we glean from the new mayor's comments on wanting the council to be more open. Foulger doesn't even want to follow his party's own rules, completely undermining Councillor Taylor hard work and dedication. Disgraceful

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    Netball player

    Friday, August 3, 2012

  • Why am I reading about this when the meeting where it is actually going to be discussed doesnt take place until tonight? This is getting to be an oft used Tory trick, jumping the gun and leaking stuff to the press. I know who is responsible for this and he should go.

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    alecto

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • I must say that this announcement seems most odd, especially in the light of recent bloodletting about KHM's future. All that can be said to Wymondham Town Council -- and to councils everywhere in Norfolk, in fact -- is that nowadays you're being watched more and more closely by your constituents, especially with regard to your role in development initiatives. Be careful!!

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    Trevor Ashwin

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • Exactly joy why is this study focusing o one patch of land surely the study should encompass all possible sites.

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    student2009

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • Nice to see the town council have got it's priorities right in these austere times....

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    Fenscape

    Friday, August 3, 2012

  • Why the obsession with building on KHM? If South Norfolk Council can find room to build thousands of homes in Wymondham why can't a site OTHER THAN KHM be found for the council offices? Is a Consultancy Company going to carry this out if so which one?

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    Joy, King's Lynn

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • KHM was given to Wymondham people in perpetuity, not for the Town council to do asthey like! We are awaiting the report over the aappointment of Cllr.Kemp and his subsequent withdrawl, withbaited breath..

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • I don't think Wymondham Town council will be happy until the Kings Head Meadow is gone. Why can't they move to one of the empty units on one of the industrial estates or include new offices in one of the new housing estate plans? Only when the Kings Head Meadow has Village Green status will plans like this stop. I think most people would think that the £6000 would be better spent either investigating the ASDA issue properly or on an election for a new town council.

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    themajor

    Friday, August 3, 2012

  • Has the Mayor got the stomach to take on and break the FoulgerGurney hold and turn it Wymondham Council into an open, democratic council

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    Netball player

    Friday, August 3, 2012

  • Do I detect the merest hint of sarcasm in Fenscape's post? If the Town Council have been looking for a decade then it cant be that urgent so why don't they leave things alone and wait another decade. Meanwhile use the money on something worthwhile. Any stop picking on Kings Head Meadow. Why are the Tory Councillors so obsessed on concreting it over? And if they try and interfere with the Catholic Church which has international importance as the Far East Prisoners of War Memorial Church they will cause more trouble than they know exists. For a start it is built on consecrated ground and treating it like any other building shows a breathtaking lack of respect for the Church and also for the memorial of those many thousands who perished in WWII in the Far East. Shame on you for even thinking of it.

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    alecto

    Friday, August 3, 2012

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