The Future of Ely Magistrates Court?
By elypeople | Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 09:13
A meeting to discuss how the Ely Magistrates Court building could be brought back into use has thrown up a range of options.
What will happen to the Ely Magistrates Court building?
The various interested parties including East Cambridgeshire District Council, City of Ely Council, Ely Perspective and others met on Tuesday September 11 and were first taken on a tour of the Courthouse.
The meeting then discussed a wide range of options for the building from somewhere to store the district's heritage to an education facility to a community café.
While a commercial use was not dismissed, there was a strong desire among those all those present for the Courthouse to remain very much 'open to the public'. Work will now take place to way up the viability of the various options before everyone meets again later in the autumn.
Councillor Peter Moakes, Leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: "It was heartening to meet last week with so many people who genuinely care about the future of Ely's Magistrates Court. We had a very instructive tour of the building which revealed it is still in very good shape and then we had a great discussion about the future use of the Courthouse."
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