Have your say on the future of Victorian coach house

Residents are being invited to have their say in the future of Hurst Grange Coach House in Penwortham.

Four different options are under consideration for the Victorian building in the former grounds of Hurst Grange.

If support is strong enough the coach house could be transformed into a resource for the community, potentially accommodating a visitor centre, a venue for events, a study area and a home for local organisations.

The coach house, which is used for the monthly meetings of the Friends of Hurst Grange Park, was taken over by South Ribble Borough Council in 1974, long after the original Hurst Grange was demolished, and served as a parks depot for many years as well as a regional scouting base.

Now it is hoped to secure National Lottery funding for renovation, but before the application can go ahead evidence is needed that the building will serve a long-term and useful purpose.

Two consultation sessions will allow the public to see the different options on offer and give their views on how they would like to the see the coach house used.

Cllr Graham Walton, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood and Street Scene, said: “This once beautiful building is a wonderful asset and it would be marvellous to see it restored to its original glory and fulfilling a useful purpose in the town.

“The Friends have worked very hard in recent years to raise money for repairs, but an injection of cash from the National Lottery would provide the boost needed to complete this project.”

The two consultations, which will show how all four options would work, will be held on August 12 from 11am to 3pm and on August 14 from 10am to noon in Hurst Grange Coach House.