Marshall Taylor Properties buy Settle Town Hall

Settle Town Hall

Settle Town Hall

First published in News

The new owners of Settle Town Hall say they are committed to ensuring the building remains a key part of life in the town.

After months of speculation, it has been confirmed the landmark building has been purchased by Marshall Taylor Properties.

Craven-born Jeremy Taylor, from the firm, said he is committed to restoring the building and retaining key elements, including the Tourist Information Centre, the Cellar Project for young people and ground-floor shops.

He said: “We are very proud to take ownership of such an outstanding historic property, particularly as I have been brought up in the local area and I am very fond of the town.

“Our current intentions are to sympathetically restore the building to reflect much of George Webster's original use for the property from 1832, providing a series of boutique shops on the ground floor, with offices and apartments above.

“We are buying the property with the existing tenancies in place and look forward to working with each of the local businesses and services currently based in the building. During the purchase process we have renewed agreements with both the Tourist Information Centre and the Cellar Project to secure these services for visitors and the young people of Settle for years to come.”

Whether the town council will remain in the building is less clear. Town clerk Peter Leng said: “At this stage, no decision has been taken regarding the occupation of its office in the town hall. However, certainly for the next meeting of the town council on Monday, January 9, 2012, it has decided to hold this at the Victoria Hall, Settle.”

One thing that will not change, Mr Taylor said, is the tradition of decorating the hall with Christmas lights each year.

He added: “There is no doubt a long road ahead in bringing the property back up to a high standard, but we hope our efforts in renovating the building will benefit the town and the local community. We are not thinking short-term. This is a lifetime purchase. It is such an important place so we need to get it right.”

It is understood Craven District Council sold the town hall for about £250,000, although Mr Taylor said hundreds of thousands of pounds would have to be spent to bring the building up to scratch.

District council leader Coun Chris Knowles-Fitton said: “Due to financial constraints the council was left little choice but to find a new owner for Settle Town Hall. We are delighted that Marshall Taylor Properties is making plans to sympathetically restore the building, and already the TIC and Cellar Project have finalised future tenancy agreements.”

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1:56pm Fri 16 Dec 11

annoyed59 says...

Interesting. Marshall Taylor Properties of which Mr Jeremy Taylor is a director (sole director) was only set up in July 2011, company reg 07765870 and has no accounts or a description filed on their activities. He is asl a director of W and G Taylor and son which is also known as Skipton Trucks. Their accoutns aren't brilliant. Their 2011 accounts show a net worth of £16,276. I wonder how this person will fund the development of the Town Hall or if he has the experience. Surely there were other interested parties. Will CDC tell the Craven Herald who they were.
Interesting. Marshall Taylor Properties of which Mr Jeremy Taylor is a director (sole director) was only set up in July 2011, company reg 07765870 and has no accounts or a description filed on their activities. He is asl a director of W and G Taylor and son which is also known as Skipton Trucks. Their accoutns aren't brilliant. Their 2011 accounts show a net worth of £16,276. I wonder how this person will fund the development of the Town Hall or if he has the experience. Surely there were other interested parties. Will CDC tell the Craven Herald who they were. annoyed59
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11:34am Sun 18 Dec 11

The Yorkshireman says...

Coun. Knowles Fitton says that due to finincial constraints the Council was left little choice. I suspect that little choice was brought about by the neglect that CDC has shown this building over the past years. Had they spent a few pounds on it then it would have been a lot better proposition for people or even the Council itself. But no; it's doen to cuts and zero spend nature again.
I doubt that Coun. Knowles Fitton would neglect to spend money on his own properties in the same manner...
Coun. Knowles Fitton says that due to finincial constraints the Council was left little choice. I suspect that little choice was brought about by the neglect that CDC has shown this building over the past years. Had they spent a few pounds on it then it would have been a lot better proposition for people or even the Council itself. But no; it's doen to cuts and zero spend nature again. I doubt that Coun. Knowles Fitton would neglect to spend money on his own properties in the same manner... The Yorkshireman
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