Historic Wilton Hall must be saved, say local councillors.
West Bletchley Parish Council agreed unanimously at its full council meeting on Tuesday 26 February to three measures to ensure that historic Wilton Hall does not close when it is sold by its owner. The owner has decided to sell the Hall and local residents want to keep it open.
Cllr Elaine Wales, takes up the story: “I asked the West Bletchley Parish Council to find a way to keep Wilton Hall open. Failure to do so may lead to it being demolished and housing built on the site. One planning application has already been rejected and we need to find an alternative. The Parish Council debated my proposal to save Wilton Hall and agreed a positive way forward. Everyone wants to keep it open. We now need to find the best way to do so.”
The West Bletchley Parish Council agreed to do three things to secure the halls future:
1. To work to keep Wilton Hall for community use.
2. To fund and undertake an options appraisal so that the way forward to secure the building can
3. To seek listed building status.
Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Town Councillor Ed. Hume was in attendance the meeting and added: “I was delighted that West Bletchley Parish Council has agreed to save the building for community use. They now need, in consultation with local residents, to agree the best way to save Wilton Hall. As a local resident I will be supporting the parish council and help to look at the best way forward.”
Cllr Wales concluded: “I have lived in West Bletchley all my life and been to dozens of events at Wilton Hall over the last 30 years. The parish council made a good decision and now we have to find the best way to keep Wilton Hall open for the community. I am pleased my proposal was accepted unanimously at the full council meeting.”