Dear Mr Lane
RE : ESCAPE TO THE COTSWOLDS, HLF STAGE 1 BID
Members of Northleach with Eastington Town Council wish to add their full support to Cotswold Conservation Board’s “Escape to the Cotswolds” bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £1.3m.
Members and residents recognise the valuable asset that The Old Prison represents not only to the Town but also to the whole of the Cotswold District as an important part of our heritage.
We have lobbied Cotswold District Council in an attempt to persuade District Councillors to continue their support of the building but as this is no longer possible, the importance of the bid cannot be underestimated.
The Old Prison has been of major significance to the Town since it was built in the 1790’s as one of the 5 Houses of Correction in Gloucestershire, leading the way to major reform in prison management. Over the years it has brought many visitors to Northleach, promoting its hostelries, shops and its magnificent Church. The Board’s “Escape to the Cotswolds” initiative will develop this further to help sustain the economic future of the Town and enable others to continue to enjoy its heritage.
At the same time, the building itself will be in a safe pair of hands to ensure that it is maintained in the manner it deserves.
CHAIRMAN OF COUNCIL AND MAYOR